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Obverse of 1844 Eagle     Reverse of 1844 Eagle


1844 TEN DOLLARS OR EAGLE

PCGS No: 8590

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 6,361
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) below the eagle on the reverse

Images courtesy of David Akers Numismatics, Inc.

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 2 AU-55's.

Significant examples:
"Proof" (illustrated above).  Ex - Pittman collection (according to Saul Teichman, none of Pittman's Proof 1844 gold coins originated with Parmelee, who did not have a Proof Quarter Eagle and whose 1844 Half Eagle and Eagle were listed as 1844's but were actually 1844-O's!)

Recent appearances:
EF-45.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 603, illustrated, sold for $3,220.00  From Abe Kosoff's ANA Sale, August 1968, Lot 1007; earlier from Stack's sale of the Davis-Graves Collection, May 1954, Lot 730

EF-45.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 604, illustrated, sold for $2,415.00  Purchased from Stanley Kesselman, June 30, 1967

PCGS EF-45.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9068, plated, sold for $4,025.00

EF-40.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 605, illustrated, sold for $1,725.00  Purchased from Stanley Kesselman, April 28, 1967

ANACS EF-40.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9067, plated, sold for $1,610.00

Extremely Fine.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1229, not plated, sold for $1,035.00

About Extremely Fine.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1808, plated, sold for $575.00

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

Email communications from Saul Teichman, July 13, 2004