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Obverse of 1843 Eagle     Reverse of 1843 Eagle


PCGS Nos: 8588, 8779

Circulation strikes: 75,462
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

Images courtesy of David Akers Numismatics, Inc.

Known Proof examples:
1. "Proof" (illustrated above).  Ex - William H. Woodin, Lot 1207 - Thomas Elder's 1911 sale, Lot 966 - (1914 ANS Exhibit) - possibly to Waldo Newcomer - possibly to Colonel E.H.R. Green - John Zug, sold in 1939 - F.C.C. Boyd - Numismatic Gallery's sale of the "World's Greatest Collection", 1946 - Jake Shapiro (aka J.F. Bell) - Numismatic Gallery's sale of the "Memorable" Collection, March 1948, Lot 546, sold for $190.00 - John Jay Pittman - David Akers Numismatics, Inc. "The John Jay Pittman Collection", October 21-23, 1997, Lot 832j, illustrated, "...noticeable lint mark in the right obverse field below and to the right of the lowest curl of the hair bun...", sold as part of the complete 1843 Proof set (still in the original case)!  This set may be the complete set that appeared in the 1895 Winsor sale as Lot 1067, said to have been presented to President Tyler.  The attribution to Woodin was told to Pittman by Zug.

2. National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution.

3. Proof.  Fernand David - Will W. Neil, Lot 2292 - Amon Carter, Lot 630.  Part of a complete, original, cased set.

4. Proof.  Virgil Brand - J.F. Bell, Lot 608 - Kreisberg-Schulman, March 1965 - Superior, June 1978, Lot 1961.

Significant examples:
NGC AU-58.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 1313, illustrated, not sold

Recent appearances:
AU-50.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 598, "Triple Date", illustrated, sold for $1,495.00  Purchased from Jack L. Klausen, June 19, 1968

Sharpness of AU-50 with light marks.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 4072, not illustrated, sold for $299.00  Probably cleaned at one point

NGC EF-45.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 2434, "Breen-6861, Triple Date" at $1,092.20

ANACS Net EF-40, AU Details, Cleaned.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9066, "Repunched date", not plated, unsold

The finest circulation strike example graded by PCGS is a single MS-61.

The finest Proof example graded by PCGS is a single PR-63.

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