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1853 TEN DOLLARS OR EAGLE

PCGS No: 8610, 8611

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 201,253
Proofs: Unknown

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

Varieties:
1853/2 Overdate

Notes:
The finest 1853 Eagles graded by PCGS are 2 MS-64's.

The finest 1853/2 Eagle graded by PCGS is a single AU-58.

In August, 2004, NGC published a partial population report of gold coins recovered from the shipwrecked SS Republic.  Included were 57 1853 Eagles, ranging in grade from EF-45 to MS-62.

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-63.  Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 650, "Re-cut 1", illustrated, sold for $12,650.00  Purchased from Superior's sale of February 1973, Lot 653

NGC MS-62.  Goldbergs' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", 05/2001:1477, $4,600.00

PCGS MS-61.  Goldbergs' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", 05/2001:1478, $2,645.00

NGC AU-58.  Goldbergs' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", 05/2001:1479, $977.00

NGC AU-58.  Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 1316, "1853/2", illustrated, not sold

PCGS AU-53.  Heritage "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" 10/2000, Lot 7709, "1853/2", $1,725.00

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