Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $10 (1838-1907)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 8,350
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 16.7200g
AGW: 0.4837oz
Melt Value: $720.30 (10/22/2019)
Diameter: 27mm
Edge: Reeded
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1881 O $10 MS obverse 1881 O $10 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Judging by the extant population, it seems most of the paltry 8,350 coin mintage of the 1881-O $10 gold eagle went into circulation. While this coin is rare in all grades, it is especially rare in mint state. In fact, the highest graded examples at NGC top out at only MS61!

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/10/2019

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1881 O $10 MS
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Base $ 1000 1100 1240 1470 1510 2250 4000 4375 7450 16300 25000 - - - - - - - - -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 168
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 61

The chart showing VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1881 O $10 MS
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Base--1-77202323393278---------167
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Total--1-77202323393478---------169
 --1 %-4 %4 %12 %14 %14 %23 %20 %4 %5 %--------- 
1881 O $10 MS Prooflike
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Base----------1-----------1
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Total----------1-----------1
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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
10/6/1997 NGC VF 30   Teletrade Auction 0986, 986/Lot# 2015 $337.60
6/12/2006 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 91, 96/Lot# 1213 $1,725.00
2/4/2009 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2009 February Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1122, 1122/Lot# 2933 $1,840.00
9/19/2010 NGC AU 58   Goldberg September 19-21, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 60/Lot# 2985 $4,830.00
11/7/2011 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2011 November 7-9 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(3), 1161/Lot# 4370 $5,175.00
2/28/2012 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 7681 $1,150.00
5/30/2012 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2012 May 30- June 3 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(3), 1171/Lot# 5143 $1,495.00
6/9/2013 PCGS Genuine XF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/09/2013, 78/Lot# 118846 $869.00
4/26/2017 PCGS Genuine UNC   Heritage Auctions 2017 April 26 - 30 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1254/Lot# 5414 $3,055.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1881 $10 MS O Prooflike
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1881 $10 MS O
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Base11118291206163419692746313836243902443180011290620965342715633993080111
1112779541348174522282876330037164078562196361559225400416276858693080110
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0000001857248730073462380942546811112711827829835489838083393080100
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 4431
Owner: Hugh Stiel Rare Coins
 
Grade: AU 53
Points: 2746
Owner: Melchizadec
 
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