Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $10 (1838-1907)
Mint: San Francisco
Catalog: KM-66.2
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 16.7180g
AGW: 0.4837oz
Melt Value: $618.60 (8/22/2014)
Diameter: 27mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1865/INV 186 S $10 MS obverse 1865/INV 186 S $10 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This unusual and highly collectible variety was created when a diesinker inadvertently punched the 186 logotype upside-down and subsequently corrected the error. This variety provides insight into how the Mint economized die production: not only was a three-digit date punch used to save time--by punching 186 in one hit, only the final digit had to be added each year--but the Mint also proceeded to use this die after the diesinker's error rather than discard it. This blundered date is one of the most popular and significant varieties in the Liberty gold series.

With a mintage of 16,700 pieces, very few are found in high grades, particularly so when the one considers that the mintage is divided between the regular issue and the inverted date coins.

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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1865/INV 186 S $10 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 35
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 58


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1/14/1998 PCGS F 15   Teletrade Auction 1015, 1015/Lot# 1939 $1,371.50
8/18/2004 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2004 August Pittsburgh, PA Signature Sale #352, 352/Lot# 7457 $7,187.50
11/4/2004 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2004 November Palm Beach, FL Signature Sale #358, 358/Lot# 8581 $5,462.50
1/12/2005 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2005 Ft. Lauderdale FL. (FUN) Signature Sale #360, 360/Lot# 30498 $22,425.00
11/7/2011 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2011 November 7-9 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(3), 1161/Lot# 4362 $13,800.00
9/25/2013 PCGS VG 10   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1189/Lot# 5265 $4,406.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1865/INV 186 S $10 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base111219727543765454651586665740383028809892994151022611529188602530834593481476819598227
1173323823091402547505660691177028471884990919685106601397221009284033911154829782050
0000004750566069117702847188499091968510660139722100928403391115482900
0000004954616271578002864088899253995511094164162315831498436296151200
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