Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $10 (1838-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 12,447
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 16.7200g
AGW: 0.4837oz
Melt Value: $854.25 (6/19/2021)
Diameter: 27mm
Edge: Reeded
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1839 SM LET HEAD OF 40 $10 MS obverse 1839 SM LET HEAD OF 40 $10 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The Type of 1840 eagle boasts a completely new obverse from that used on 1838 and prior 1839 issues. The most noticeable difference between the two types is the tilt of Liberty's head, on the Type of 1838 star 6 is located directly above Liberty's coronet, while on the Type of 1840 the coronet points directly at star 6. Liberty's bust is rounded on the Type of 1838, and more pointed on the Type of 1840. Of the two types of eagles minted in 1839, this is easily the rarer. It has roughly half the mintage of its predecessor, and about as many have been certified by the major grading services in total as the Type of 1838 has examples graded in Mint State alone. Indeed, the current near-Mint piece has to be considered among the finest available to collectors. Breen called the 1839 Type of 1840 'prohibitively rare AU,' while Akers states that it is 'very rare in any condition and most known specimens are VF or EF.'

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Last Updated: 12/22/2020

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1839 SM LET HEAD OF 40 $10 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 41
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 64

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 6/15/2021 1839 SM LET HEAD OF 40 $10 MS
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NGC Registry Score 1839 SM LET HEAD OF 40 $10 MS PL
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1839 SM LET HEAD OF 40 $10 MS
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