Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $10 (1838-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 73,780
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 16.7200g
AGW: 0.4837oz
Melt Value: $718.61 (10/22/2019)
Diameter: 27mm
Edge: Reeded
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Description & Analysis

In 1878, the Philadelphia Mint struck some 73.780 $10 business strike gold eagles with an additional 20 pieces struck in proof. Most mint state pieces seen today tend to be in the AU58-MS61 range. NGC has not certified any examples in gem, but 8 have been certified in MS64.

The proofs are understandably much, much scarcer than the business strikes. This is evidenced by the NGC Census which only shows a mere 4 examples certified by NGC thus far. (12/2016)

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/10/2019

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1878 $10 MS
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Base $ 760 770 890 890 895 895 895 905 1070 1080 1250 1850 7650 11450 35000 - - - - -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 380
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 65

The chart showing VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1878 $10 MS
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Base----131471738136547124751-----378
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Total----131471739137547125751-----381
 ----0 %1 %4 %2 %4 %10 %36 %14 %19 %7 %2 %1 %0 %----- 
1878 $10 MS Prooflike
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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
8/13/2006 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2006 August Denver, CO Signature & Platinum Night Auction #414, 414/Lot# 1992 $920.00
5/30/2007 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2007 May/June Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #438, 438/Lot# 2463 $4,887.50
12/3/2009 PCGS AU 50   Bonhams Coins and Banknotes, 17760/Lot# 1237 $1,170.00
3/21/2010 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 2827, 2827/Lot# 2636 $747.50
9/4/2011 NGC MS 64   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 2075 $7,762.50
7/12/2012 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1172/Lot# 5006 $5,175.00
3/2/2014 PCGS MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/02/2014, 182/Lot# 162387 $1,980.00
5/5/2014 PCGS AU 58   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3480, 6029/Lot# 20479 $793.13
7/27/2014 PCGS AU 53   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 814, 823/Lot# 347 $900.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1878 $10 MS Prooflike
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1878 $10 MS
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Base111162063168874593310441193128415052124334538177198968014566222093428053510
11120762365070780797010931223135717112531350249448025113081711326232406900
0000007078079701093122313571711253135024944802511308171132623200
00000072687010071143125314311917293836596071885212937196613025600
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