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1891 Liberty Head Eagle Obverse     1891 Liberty Head Eagle Reverse
 


1891 TEN DOLLARS OR EAGLE

PCGS Nos: 8719, 8831, 98831

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 91,820
Proofs: 48

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-65. Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7785, illustrated, sold for $27,600.00  Ex: United States Gold Collection (Bowers & Ruddy, 10/82), lot 795; Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection (Bowers & Merena, 10/99), lot 1625, where it realized $36,800

MS-62.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 756, not illustrated, sold for $632.50  Purchased from Stanley Kesselman, April 28, 1967

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated example graded by PCGS is a single MS-66.

Proof 1891 Eagles were sold by the Mint as part of four-piece Gold Proof Sets and/or they were available individually for $10.25 each! The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 3 PR-65's.

The finest Deep Cameo Proof examples graded by PCGS are 2 PRDC-65's.

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

"An Index of the Coins & Medals of The Cabinet of the Mint of the United States at Philadelphia" by R.A. McClure, Curator, 1891