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1856 TEN DOLLARS OR EAGLE

PCGS No: 8619

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 60,490
Proofs: Unique?

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, PA) below the eagle on the reverse

Varieties:
Misplaced date

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated example graded by PCGS is a single MS-64.

The "Misplaced Date" variety features a small mark near the rim beneath the left side of the 5 of the date.  The mark is believed to be the top and upper serif of a misplaced 1.  This variety was first reported in November 1999 by Beth Piper of Bowers & Merena Galleries.

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-63.  Misplaced Date.  Ex - Auctions by Bowers & Merena, Inc. "Harry W. Bass, Jr.", Part III, May 2000, Lot 633, where it was called MS-60, "lightly brushed", sold for $2,990.00 - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc., May 2003, now graded PCGS MS-63, sold for $10,235.00 - Superior Galleries, September 2003, still PCGS MS-63, but with no mention of the prior pedigree - Albanese Rare Coins, Inc.

Choice Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The Marvin Taichert Collection of U.S. Type Coins", May 9, 2001, Lot 106, plated, sold for $5,290.00  Ex Auction '89 (RARCOA's session, July 7, lot 443)

PCGS MS-62.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 554, illustrated, not sold

NGC AU-58.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9080, not plated, sold for $920.00

AU-55.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 662, not illustrated, sold for $977.50  Purchased from Paramount on July 2, 1971

ANACS AU-50.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1037, sold for $351.00

EF-45.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 265, not illustrated, sold for $460.00

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

"1856 eagle variety first seen in 2000", COIN WORLD, February 16, 2004, pages 2 and 79