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1886 Liberty Head Eagle Obverse     1886 Liberty Head Eagle Reverse
  


1886 TEN DOLLARS OR EAGLE

PCGS Nos: 8708, 8826, 98826

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 236,100
Proofs: 60

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 Proof 64 Premium Quality.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 4081, illustrated, sold for $18,975.00

Proof 63.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 4082, illustrated, sold for $5,750.00  We suspect that this coin was carefully cleaned and for that reason is not in a third party grading holder.

NGC MS-62.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 1336, not illustrated, sold for $327.75

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 3 MS-64's.

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

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

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