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1878 Liberty Head Eagle Obverse     1878 Liberty Head Eagle Reverse
  


1878 TEN DOLLARS OR EAGLE

PCGS Nos: 8680, 8818

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 73,780
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

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

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 724, illustrated, sold for $4,830.00  Purchased from Douglas Weaver on September 26, 1973

NGC MS-62.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 2459, sold for $1,150.00

PCGS MS-62.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 558, illustrated, sold for $1,725.00

PCGS MS-62.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 559, illustrated, sold for $1,667.50

PCGS MS-62.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 560, illustrated, sold for $1,466.25

A strong About Uncirculated and just bordering Mint State category.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1818, not plated, sold for $172.50

About Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1237, not plated, sold for $310.50

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated example graded by PCGS is a single MS-65.

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 2 PR-64's.

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