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1870 Liberty Head Eagle Obverse     1870 Liberty Head Eagle Reverse
  


1870 TEN DOLLARS OR EAGLE

PCGS Nos: 8657, 8810

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 3,990
Proofs: 35

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

Images courtesy of Heritage Numismatic Auctions

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

Recent appearances:
NGC Proof-65 Cameo.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9145, plated, unsold

PCGS Proof-64.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 694, illustrated, sold for $31,050.00  Tied for finest graded by PCGS

AU-55.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 1320, illustrated, sold for $1,840.00

EF-45.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 695, illustrated, sold for $1,437.50  Purchased from Stanley Kesselman on May 21, 1968

Notes:
The finest circulation strike examples graded by PCGS are 2 AU-58's.

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 3 PR-64's.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, July 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service