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

1859-S $10 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS AU53

PCGS AU50
PCGS #:
8630
Diameter:
26.80 millimeters
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
16.70 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
7,000
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$28,200 • PCGS AU50 • 2-27-2014 • Heritage
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 45 R-8.6 5 / 64 TIE 8 / 183 TIE
60 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 64 1 / 183
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 64 1 / 183
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 AU58 estimated grade  
2 AU55 PCGS grade  
3 AU53 PCGS grade

Ellen D Collection (PCGS Set Registry) - Simpson Collection

3 AU53 PCGS grade  
3 AU53 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 AU58 estimated grade  
2 AU55 PCGS grade  
3 AU53 PCGS grade

Ellen D Collection (PCGS Set Registry) - Simpson Collection

3 AU53 PCGS grade  
3 AU53 PCGS grade  
3 AU53 estimated grade  
7 AU50 PCGS grade

Heritage 3/2013:4303, $10,575

7 AU50 PCGS grade  
7 AU50 PCGS grade  
7 AU50 PCGS grade  
David Akers (1975/88): Like the comparably rare 1858-S, the 1859-S is grossly underrated in light of its true rarity. In terms of both overall rarity and condition rarity, the 1859-S is as rare as the famous 1858 and 1859-O and thus ranks near the top of series in rarity according to frequency of appearance at auction and rarity according to average grade. I have seen relatively few specimens and most graded only VF, a few were EF but none were better.