Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $10 (1838-1907)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 800
Catalog: KM-102
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 16.7180g
AGW: 0.4837oz
Melt Value: $639.60 (7/26/2016)
Diameter: 27mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1883 O $10 MS obverse 1883 O $10 MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The 1883-O eagle has the lowest mintage of any branch mint Liberty Head eagle, with only 800 pieces coined. Writing in 1980, David Akers believed this date was the second rarest New Orleans eagle, behind the 1859-O. Evaluating more recent data, Doug Winter states the 1883-O actually surpasses the 1859-O in terms of absolute rarity. In Gold Coins of the New Orleans Mint 1839-1909, Winter estimates a surviving population of only 35-45 examples in all grades. The great majority of these coins are in circulated grades, with Mint State specimens prohibitively rare. Winter remarks, 'Accurately graded EF45's are rare, while AU50 to AU55 coins are very rare.' Winter believes 14-18 examples survive in XF grades, with only six to nine finer pieces.

Auction appearances of this issue were few and far between until the 1940s. One early appearance was in the Beldan Roach Collection (Mehl, 2/1944), lot 416. Mehl's description reads, '1883 Practically uncirculated with a semi-proof surface. Field slightly rubbed, but I believe as perfect a specimen of this great rarity as exists. Only 800 specimens struck in all. Catalogs at $300.00. The rarest branch mint ten dollar gold piece of our entire issue. Seldom offered. Certainly worth its full listed price.' Clearly, Mehl understood the importance of this issue at an early date. Present day collectors should heed his wisdom and bid accordingly.

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Price Guide

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1883 O $10 MS
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Total Graded: 19
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 61

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1/6/2010 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2010 January Orlando, FL FUN US Coin Auction #1136, 1136/Lot# 2216 $25,875.00
1/5/2011 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(3), 1151/Lot# 5209 $63,250.00
3/31/2011 NGC AU 53   Stack's Bowers The March 2011 Baltimore Auction, 83/Lot# 6741 $67,332.50
3/24/2013 PCGS AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/24/2013, 67/Lot# 104344 $51,293.00
2/27/2014 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 27 - 28 & March 2 Mid-Winter ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Atlanta Session(2), 1203/Lot# 4209 $70,500.00
8/5/2014 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(4), 1208/Lot# 5670 $82,250.00
10/8/2014 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 8 - 13 PNG New York Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1210/Lot# 5024 $47,000.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1883 O $10 MS
1883 O $10 MS Prooflike
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 7198
Owner: Stiel Coin Collection
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