The 1876 Indian Princess Three Dollar Gold Piece (Buy on eBay) represents another proof-only issue of the series. The reported mintage was higher compared to the previous year at 45 pieces, but collector demand remains high for this historic issue.
Most surviving examples display cameo or deep cameo surfaces and eye appeal is usually excellent. Coins of this issue have been graded as high as Proof 67. An example graded NGC PF66 Cameo with CAC verification sold for $161,000 at auction in January 2012.
By the late 1880s, when it was apparent that the denomination would be discontinued, interest from collectors soared and it was soon realized that the 1875 and 1876 were the true rarities within the series.
- Designer: James B. Longacre
- Composition: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
- Weight: 5.015 grams
- Diameter: 20.5 mm
- Edge: Reeded