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Obverse of 1854-S Eagle     Reverse of 1854-S Eagle


1854-S TEN DOLLARS OR EAGLE

PCGS No: 8615

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 123,826
Proofs: 0

Designer: Christian Gobrecht

Diameter: 26.8 millimeters

Metal content:
Gold - 90%
Other - 10% 

Weight: 258 grains (16.7 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: "S" (for San Francisco) below the eagle on the reverse

Images courtesy of Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.

Notes:
The finest example graded by PCGS 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 41 1854-S Eagles, ranging in grade from Fine to MS-61.

Recent appearances:
NGC AU-53 (illustrated above).  Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1036, $920.00

AU-50.  Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 658, illustrated, sold for $920.00  Purchased from Rowe and Brownlee on August 4, 1967

NGC AU-50.  Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 193, $575.00

NGC AU-50.  Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9076, not plated, sold for $690.00

NGC EF-45.  Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 194, $632.50

EF-40 Cleaned.  Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6045, $253.00

Net EF-40, Repaired.  Goldbergs' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", 05/2001:1481, $207.00

ANACS Net VF-35, AU Details, Cheek repaired, cleaned.  Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9075, unsold

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