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1887 Liberty Head Eagle Obverse     1887 Liberty Head Eagle Reverse


PCGS Nos: 8710, 8827


Circulation strikes: 53,600
Proofs: 80

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:
NGC Proof-66 Cameo.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1060, "This is the finest graded 1887 Proof eagle by either NGC or PCGS." @$40,250.00

MS-63.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 751, illustrated, not sold  Purchased from Don Apte, January 7, 1973

ANACS MS-60.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9108, not plated, sold for $776.25

The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-64's.

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 5 PR-65's.

The finest Cameo Proof example graded by PCGS is a single PRCA-63.

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