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SERIES: Liberty Head $10 1838-1907
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1856-S $10 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS61

PCGS AU58

PCGS AU53
PCGS #:
8621
Diameter:
26.80 millimeters
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
16.70 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
68,000
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$19,550 • PCGS MS62 • 5-25-2005 • American Numismatic Rarities
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 250 R-6.6 48 / 64 TIE 84 / 183 TIE
60 or Better 5 R-9.7 26 / 64 TIE 44 / 183 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 64 1 / 183
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS63 PCGS grade  
2 MS62 PCGS grade  
2 MS62 PCGS grade  
2 MS62 PCGS grade  
5 MS61 PCGS grade  

Ellen D Collection (PCGS Set Registry) - Simpson Collection


Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS63 PCGS grade  
2 MS62 PCGS grade  
2 MS62 PCGS grade  
2 MS62 PCGS grade  
5 MS61 PCGS grade  

Ellen D Collection (PCGS Set Registry) - Simpson Collection


6 MS60 PCGS grade  
7 AU58 PCGS grade
7 AU58 PCGS grade  
7 AU58 PCGS grade  
7 AU58 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: One variety of the 1856-S Eagle features a mintmark placed beneath the talon and the fletch of the arrow.  While this is an unusual positioning for an S-Mint No Motto Eagle, it is normal for most other mintmarked No Motto Eagles.  All this indicates is that Mint employers were not always consistent in their placement of mintmarks, which were added by hand to the individual dies.


David Akers (1975/88): The 1856-S is rare in any condition and is particularly rare in high grade. Only a few that grade as high as AU are known and there are no more than two or possibly three uncirculated examples. When available, this date is invariably only VF or EF. It is interesting to note that despite its considerable rarity, the 1856-S is the second commonest S-Mint Eagle (the 1854-S is the most common) prior to 1879. This is a strong indication of just how rare these San Francisco Mint issues are because the 1856-S is by no stretch of the imagination common. Both small and large mintmark varieties exist and the Small S variety is the more common.