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: $555.14 (10/6/2015)
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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Last Updated: 6/16/2014

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1865/INV 186 S $10 MS
Base $ - 4000 6000 7500 13000 20000 25000 33750 37500 - - - - - - - - - -
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Total Graded: 36
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 40
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
1/12/2005 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2005 Ft. Lauderdale FL. (FUN) Signature Sale #360, 360/Lot# 30498 $22,425.00
2/2/2012 NGC F 12   Heritage Auctions 2012 February 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(3), 1167/Lot# 4894 $2,990.00
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
1/7/2015 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(2), 1216/Lot# 4337 $20,562.50

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NGC Registry Score 1865/INV 186 S $10 MS
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