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1840 TEN DOLLARS OR EAGLE

PCGS No: 8581

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 47,338
Proofs: estimated 5

Designer: Christian Gobrecht

Diameter: 26.8 millimeters

Metal content:
Gold - 90%
Other - 10% 

Weight: 258 grains (16.7 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: None (for Philadelphia, PA) below the eagle on the reverse

Notes:
The 1840 Eagle is scarce and hard to find in nice condition.  The grade seen most frequently is EF-45.  Above AU-50, this date becomes extremely rare, especially in Mint State.  PCGS has graded only 3 Mint State examples, all at the MS-61 level.  NGC has graded only 1 Mint State example, a single MS-61.

No Proof 1840 Eagles have been certified by PCGS or NGC.

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-61.  Ex - Stanly Kesselman, February 18, 1971 - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 586, illustrated, sold for $7,705.00

EF-45.  Ex - Rowe and Brownlee, August 4, 1967 - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 587, illustrated, sold for $977.50

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, July 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service

"The NGC Census Report, April 2003" by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation