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1874 Liberty Head Eagle Obverse     1874 Liberty Head Eagle Reverse
 


1874 TEN DOLLARS OR EAGLE

PCGS Nos: 8669, 8814

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 53,140
Proofs: 20

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

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 3 MS-65's.

PCGS has graded only two Proof 1874 Eagles, one a PR-64 and the other a PR-65 Cameo.

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

PCGS Proof-65
- Garrett collection
- Offered by Albanese Rare Coins, Inc. in the December 30, 2003 issue of Numismatic News for $85,000.00, sold for $78,000.00

Recent appearances:
Proof-64.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 707, illustrated, sold for $14,950.00  From Superior's sale of September 1988, Lot 5566

PCGS MS-65.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 4076, illustrated, sold for $23,000.00

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 708, illustrated, not sold  Purchased from New England Rare Coin Galleries, February 1979

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 709, illustrated, sold for $10,925.00  From Stack's sale of the Bartle Collection, October 26, 1984, Lot 1121

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1487, illustrated, sold for $7,762.00

MS-61.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 710, illustrated, sold for $1,265.00  Purchased from Stanley Kessleman on June 26, 1970

IGC AU-58.  Ex-  Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale", October 5-7, 2000, Lot 9005, not illustrated, sold for $310.50

NGC AU-50. Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9089, not plated, sold for $201.25

About Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1815, not plated, sold for $460.00

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, January 2005" by The Professional Coin Grading Service

Email message from Dean Albanese on 2/1/2005