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1879 Liberty Head Eagle Obverse      1879 Liberty Head Eagle Reverse
  


1879 TEN DOLLARS OR EAGLE

PCGS Nos: 8683, 8819

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 384,740
Proofs: 30

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:
PCGS Proof-64 (illustrated above).  Ex: Bowers & Ruddy's October 1980 sale of the Garrett collection, Lot 1675, at $34,000 - Stack's section of the July 1984 "Auction '84" sale, Lot 1454 - Ed Trompeter - Heritage Numismatic Auctions' November 1999 "Santa Clara" Sale, Lot 6901, "PCGS Proof-64...small lint mark (as struck) about the obverse denticles near star 1 and a trivial nick on the point of Liberty's neck.  The diagnostic feature of this proof delivery is the excessive die polishing that resulted in "floating" curls behind Liberty's neck...", unsold.  The pictures above and below are of the same coin, illustrating how different photographic and lighting techniques can produce entirely different images.  In our opinion, the image above is more attractive, but the image below is a more accurate representation of the actual coin.  

Recent appearances:
PCGS Proof-64.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 728, illustrated, sold for $23,000.00  From Stack's sale of October 1970, Lot 955

NGC MS-64.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1491, illustrated, sold for $2,530.00

PCGS MS-62.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7348, not illustrated, sold for $1,121.25

NGC MS-62.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7716, not illustrated, sold for $747.50

NGC MS-62.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1041, plated, sold for $2,300.00

NGC MS-62.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9091, not plated, sold for $690.00

PCGS MS-61.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7715, not illustrated, sold for $414.00

NGC MS-61, Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot
1819, "The 9 of the date struck over some other undetermined character.  The left bottom loop of the 9 shows remnants of what could be another 9, an 8, or perhaps some other character all together.  Although Breen makes mention of an extremely rare 1879/8 overdate Eagle, his brief description does not seem to necessarily match the coin offered here", not plated, sold for $575.00

NGC MS-60.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9090, not plated, sold for $327.75

NGC AU-58.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7347, not illustrated, not sold

NGC AU-58.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7346, not illustrated, not sold

NGC AU-58.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7345, not illustrated, not sold

NGC AU-58.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7344, not illustrated, not sold

NGC AU-58.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7714, not illustrated, sold for $184.00

NGC AU-55.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7343, not illustrated, sold for $201.25

PCGS AU-55.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7342, not illustrated, sold for $201.25

PCGS AU-50.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7341, not illustrated, sold for $189.75

Extremely Fine.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1635 @$161.00

VF-30.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1492, not illustrated, sold for $150.00

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-66's.

The finest Proof example graded by PCGS is a single PR-65.

The finest Proof Cameo example graded by PCGS is a single PRCA-64.

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

Obverse of 1879 Eagle     Reverse of 1879 Eagle

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