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1880 Liberty Head Eagle Obverse     1880 Liberty Head Eagle Reverse
  


1880 TEN DOLLARS OR EAGLE

PCGS Nos: 8687, 8820, 98820

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 1,644,840
Proofs: 36

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 7 MS-64's.

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

The finest Deep Cameo Proof examples graded by PCGS are 2 PRDC-64's.

Significant examples:
NGC Proof-66 Ultra Cameo
Sold by Albanese Rare Coins in February 2005 for $88,400.00

Proof (illustrated above).  Ex - Trompeter collection

Recent appearances:
ICG MS-63.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 200, unsold

NGC MS-63.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 1327, illustrated, sold for $862.50

NGC MS-62.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7718, not illustrated, sold for $345.00

MS-62.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 730, not illustrated, sold for $253.00  From Stack's sale of the DiBello Collection, May 1970, Lot 1088

MS-62.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 731, not illustrated, sold for $253.00  From Stack's sale of the Miles Collection, October 1968, Lot 713

PCGS MS-61.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 1328, not illustrated, sold for $195.50

MS-61 Noticeably Abraded.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 5696

About Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1238, not plated, sold for $161.00

Choice EF.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1239, not plated, sold for $161.00

Extremely Fine.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1240, not plated, sold for $161.00

Extremely Fine.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1241, not plated, sold for $161.00

Extremely Fine.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1242, not plated, sold for $161.00

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

Email correspondence from Dean Albanese, February 10, 2005