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1897 Liberty Head Eagle Obverse     1897 Liberty Head Eagle Reverse
   


1897 TEN DOLLARS OR EAGLE

PCGS Nos: 8737, 8837, 88837, 98837

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 1,000,090
Proofs: 69

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 MS-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7374, not illustrated, sold for $1,265.00

NGC MS-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7375, not illustrated, not sold

NGC MS-64.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7745, not illustrated, not sold

NGC MS-64.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 4085, illustrated, sold for $1,150.00

MS-64.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 769, "Recut 1 and 7", illustrated, sold for $3,450.00  Purchased from Stack's sale of the DiBello Collection, May 1970, Lot 1136

NGC MS-64.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 1348, illustrated, sold for $920.00

PCGS MS-63.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 4086, not illustrated, sold for $402.00

PCGS MS-63.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1072, sold for $402.00

Brilliant Uncirculated, nearly Choice.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot
1831, not plated, sold for $373.75

About Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1658, sold for $172.50

About Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1659, sold for $166.75

About Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1280, not plated, sold for $161.00

Choice EF.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1281, not plated, sold for $161.00

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-66's.

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

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

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

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