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1881 Liberty Head Eagle Obverse     1881 Liberty Head Eagle Reverse
  


1881 TEN DOLLARS OR EAGLE

PCGS Nos: 8691, 8821

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 3,877,220
Proofs: 40

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 example graded by PCGS is a single MS-65.

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

Significant examples:
NGC Proof-66 Ultra Cameo
Sold by Albanese Rare Coins in February 2005 for $86,400.00

Proof (illustrated above).  Ex - Trompeter collection

NGC Proof-65 Cameo.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1496, illustrated, sold for $33,350.00

Recent appearances:
NGC MS-64.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7719, illustrated, sold for $1,610.00

NGC MS-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9093, not plated, unsold

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1243, not plated, sold for $178.25

Extremely Fine.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1636, sold for $2,070.00

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