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Obverse of 1846 Eagle     Reverse of 1846 Eagle


PCGS Nos: 8594, 8782, 88782


Circulation strikes: 20,095
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, Pennsylvania) below the eagle on the reverse

Images courtesy of David Akers Numismatics

The finest circulation strike examples graded by PCGS are 3 AU-55's.

PCGS has graded only two Proof 1846 Eagles, a PR-63 and a PR-64 Cameo.

Significant examples:
"Proof" (illustrated above)
- Pittman collection, part of an original, cased Proof set

PCGS Proof-64 Cameo
- Eliasberg
- Offered by Albanese Rare Coins, Inc. in the February 2005 issue of NUMISMATIST for $300,000.00

Smithsonian Institution

American Numismatic Society

- Stack's 10/1995:1636, $55,000.00

William Woodin exhibited a Proof 1846 Eagle at the American Numismatic Society in 1914, which may be a sixth example or one of the above.

Recent appearances:
PCGS AU-55.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 615, illustrated, sold for $7,475.00  Purchased from Ed Shapiro on April 7, 1969; tied for finest graded by PCGS

PCGS AU-53.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9070, plated, sold for $3,450.00

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, January 2005" by The Professional Coin Grading Service

"Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia of United States and Colonial Proof Coins 1722-1989" by Walter Breen

Email correspondence from Dean Albanese, February 10, 2005