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1843-O TEN DOLLARS OR EAGLE

PCGS No: 8589

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 175,162
Proofs: 0

Designer: Christian Gobrecht

Diameter: 26.8 millimeters

Metal content:
Gold - 90%
Other - 10% 

Weight: 258 grains (16.7 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: "O" (for New Orleans) below the eagle on the reverse

Notes:
The 1843-O Eagle is fairly plentiful in circulated grades up through Extremely Fine. 
The grade seen most frequently is EF-45.  At the AU level, this date becomes scarce.  Mint State examples are extremely rare.  PCGS has graded only four Mint State 1843-O Eagles, the finest of which is a single MS-63.  NGC has graded four Mint State 1843-O Eagles, the finest of which is a single MS-62.

In August 2004, NGC published a partial population report of gold coins recovered from the shipwrecked SS Republic.  Included were 34 1843-O Eagles, ranging in grade from VF to MS-61.

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-61.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 600, illustrated, sold for $8,625.00  Purchased from Stanley Kesselman, February 23, 1971; earlier from Stack's sale of the Pierce Collection, may 1965, Lot 1451

AU-50.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 601, illustrated, sold for $575.00  Purchased from Stack's, January 16, 1971

AU-50.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 602, illustrated, sold for $1,035.00  Purchased from Paramount's sale of February 18, 1971, Lot 1086

Net EF-45, Mount Removed.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1472, not illustrated, sold for $437.00

Extremely Fine.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1228, not plated, sold for $356.00

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, July 2004" by The Professional Coin Grading Service

"The NGC Census Report", August 13, 2004, www.ngcoin.com