Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $10 (1838-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,877,220
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 16.7200g
AGW: 0.4837oz
Melt Value: $719.75 (10/22/2019)
Diameter: 27mm
Edge: Reeded
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1881 $10 MS obverse 1881 $10 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The Philadelphia Mint struck almost 3.9 million $10 gold eagles in 1881. While many have survived in mint state, most of those examples are in MS63 or below. MS64 pieces are rare, and gem examples are nearly impossible to find. The proof issue for this year is exceptionally rare, with only 40 pieces originally minted. Of those, it is thought that less than 15 have survived.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/18/2019

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1881 $10 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 750 760 935 935 940 940 940 940 940 940 950 960 1300 2200 18200 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 975 1300 3250 - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 13273
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 61
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 1881 $10 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----627615079175423112664964023742352-----13245
------------211-------4
------------217103------32
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Total----627615079175423112665004041753382-----13281
 ----0 %0 %0 %0 %1 %1 %3 %8 %49 %30 %6 %0 %0 %----- 
1881 $10 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------1-4194--------28
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Total---------1-4194--------28
 ---------4 %-14 %68 %14 %-------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
10/10/2010 PCGS MS 61   Teletrade Auction 2939, 2939/Lot# 2737 $920.00
9/4/2011 NGC Details UNC Details  Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 2078 $948.75
2/28/2012 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 7679 $805.00
5/6/2012 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131220/Lot# 27270 $1,035.00
9/2/2012 NGC MS 60   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20038/Lot# 1080 $936.00
2/9/2014 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/09/2014, 171/Lot# 169288 $693.00
10/12/2014 PCGS AU 53   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 825, 834/Lot# 815 $700.00
4/4/2017 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2017 April 4 - 6 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(5), 1253/Lot# 18615 $646.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1881 $10 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11111141869971172173374379494019222194431953627993120801849528655
1111114051170371472573676084212672012290246666239935514218218810
0000005117037147257367608421267201229024666623993551421800
00000060570771772973977789115942103361050147116107171635600
1881 $10 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11116206316426536656746866957458821825208741414420627790641329919805
11120762363464565766867868971179011961912277142345039720610475154670
0000006456576686786897117901196191227714234503972061047500
0000006496616716826927288361510199934564327565881351188700
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 1912
Owner: Thornton
 
Grade: MS 63
Points: 1825
Owner: Melchizadec
 
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