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1878 $3 Gold Indian Head

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Considered one of the most unusual coin denominations struck by the U.S. Mint, the beautiful $3 Indian Princess gold coin was supposedly created to make it easier to purchase a sheet of one hundred 3¢ stamps or a bag of one hundred 3¢ silver coins. But the public never embraced the idea and as a result, mintages were low.


Designed by James Longacre, the obverse shows Liberty as an Indian Princess facing left, wearing a headdress inscribed with liberty. Struck only in limited quantities from 1854 to 1889 (a total of 538,074 coins were produced, during the span of 36 years) the beautiful $3 Indian Princess is now a scarce, precious 19th century collectible.


  • Mint: Philadelphia
  • Product Type: Single Products
  • Denomination: $3 - Three Dollar Gold Piece
  • Year: 1878
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