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

1878-S $10 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS60

PCGS AU58

PCGS AU58
PCGS #:
8682
Diameter:
26.80 millimeters
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
16.70 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
26,100
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$30,415 • PCGS MS64 • 7-6-2004 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 375 R-6.2 45 / 117 TIE 103 / 183 TIE
60 or Better 2 R-9.9 12 / 117 TIE 20 / 183 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 117 1 / 183
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade  

Heritage 7/2004:13996, $30,415

2 MS63 estimated grade  
3 MS60 PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 8/2016:3470, not sold

4 AU58 PCGS grade

David Hall Collection - Bob R. Simpson Collection

4 AU58 PCGS grade
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade  

Heritage 7/2004:13996, $30,415

2 MS63 estimated grade  
3 MS60 PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 8/2016:3470, not sold

4 AU58 PCGS grade

David Hall Collection - Bob R. Simpson Collection

4 AU58 PCGS grade
4 AU58 PCGS grade
4 AU58 PCGS grade
4 AU58 PCGS grade
4 AU58 PCGS grade
4 AU58 PCGS grade

Ron Guth: The 1878-S $10 gold piece is a moderately scarce date in circulated grades and an extreme condition-rarity in Mint State.  Were this any other series, the mintage of 26,100 would be monstrously low, but this is a denomination and a type that was produced in very low mintages in many years, hence the 1878-S is priced as a type coin in low grades.  The PCGS CoinFacts Condition Census for this date includes a cluster of AU58's, one (maybe two) low-end Mint State examples, and a single PCGS MS64.  This date comes well-struck, often with good luster, but invariably with a bit too much wear and too many scuff marks and abrasions.