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1861 Eagle Obverse       1861 Eagle Reverse


PCGS Nos: 8633, 8797


Circulation strikes: 113,164
Proofs: 69

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 Heritage Numismatic Auctions

The finest Uncirculated example graded by PCGS is a single MS-66.

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 10 PR-64's.

In August, 2004, NGC published a partial population report of gold coins recovered from the shipwrecked SS Republic.  Included were 59 1861 Eagles, ranging in grade from AU-58 to MS-62.

Significant examples:
Proof (illustrated above).  Ex - Trompeter collection

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-66.  Stack's "DiBello" 05/1970:1072 - B&M "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 679, illustrated, not sold

PCGS MS-61.  Heritage "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", 08/2000:7331, illustrated, not sold

PCGS MS-61.  B&M "The Rarities Sale", 01/2001:557, $3,105.00

NGC AU-58.  Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001:9082, $1,437.50

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

"The NGC Census Report", August 13, 2004,