$3 Gold PCGS MS66 Click on Coin Image to
$3 Gold PCGS MS66-
gem 1859 Three Dollar Gold. Tied for the finest graded
at PCGS. This rare, 1859 Three Dollar Indian Princess
has pleasingly clean surfaces, a strong obverse strike,
and subdued mint luster, which glows from its devices.
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James Longacre designed the coin using
the Indian Princess for his main device. He had to
create a motif that would be distinctly different
from the quarter and half eagle coronet designs. The
design, similar to his Gold Dollar Large Head, shows
a head of Liberty facing left in profile wearing a
stylized headdress. Inscribed on the headband is LIBERTY.
She is surrounded by the words UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
In using the Indian Princess design,
Longacre felt that he was creating something that was
uniquely American rather than an adoption from the classics.
The reverse of the piece shows an open wreath of corn,
cotton, wheat, and tobacco tied at the bottom with a
bow. The denomination 3 appears at the top center of
the wreath, with DOLLARS and the date below within the
wreath. Longacre liked the wreath design so much that
he adopted it for use on the small cent of 1856.