Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $10 (1838-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 20,095
Catalog: KM-66.2
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 16.7180g
AGW: 0.4837oz
Melt Value: $550.74 (10/6/2015)
Diameter: 27mm
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1846 $10 MS obverse 1846 $10 MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The year is 1846. Mormon pioneers begin their trek West from Illinois toward 'Deseret,' present-day Salt Lake City. Californians, Nuevo Mexicans, and Texians are in conflict with Mexico over various issues, leading to the the Bear Flag Revolt and the Mexican-American War. U.S. President James K. Polk addresses Congress concerning the tension with Mexico, while General Zachary Taylor leads American troops in Texas. The 1846-48 war ultimately leads to the Mexican loss of Alta California and Nuevo Mexico. (The United States has already annexed Texas, in 1845.)

At the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia, the concentration is on minor coinage and the utilitarian half eagle. The Philadelphia Mint strikes some 4.12 million large cents in the year, along with more than a half-million Liberty Seated quarters and 2.2 million Seated halves. For 1846 half eagles, the mintage is nearly 400,000 coins--a total that exceeds the combined gold coinage totals for all other mints and denominations for the year.

Astute numismatists will note that the year is actually a portrait of a 'typical' year from the pre-1857 era in U.S. numismatics. The copper large cent, silver half dollar, and gold half eagle are the workhorses of early U.S. commerce, produced in much greater numbers than their cousins in other denominations.

So it is that the Philadelphia Mint produced only a meager 20,095 business strikes of the 1846 Liberty Head eagle.

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


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1846 $10 MS
Base $ 950 975 1125 1400 1850 4850 5750 9300 14750 29000 59000 - - - - - - - -
$ 2250 - 6750 10500 16500 33000 - - - - - - -

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Total Graded: 92
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 62

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
3/16/1996 PCGS VF 25   Heritage Auctions 1996 Mid-Winter ANA Signature Sale #153, 153/Lot# 6687 $462.00
3/31/1997 PCGS VF 30   Teletrade Auction 0932, 932/Lot# 1840 $606.63
1/7/2000 NGC MS 66   Prooflike Heritage Auctions 2000 F.U.N. Signature Sale #218, 218/Lot# 5987 $253.00
5/24/2009 NGC AU 58   Goldberg May 24-27, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 53/Lot# 1330 $6,900.00
11/3/2010 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, 44/Lot# 5210 $3,117.65
2/22/2013 NGC XF 45   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 4252 $2,232.50
9/4/2014 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1209/Lot# 3441 $4,993.75

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1846 $10 MS
1846 $10 MS Prooflike
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 5417
Owner: Desert Gold
Grade: XF 45
Points: 2951
Owner: ranshdow
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