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

1893 $10 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS65+

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65
PCGS #:
8725
Diameter:
26.80 millimeters
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
16.70 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
1,840,840
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$10,925 • NGC MS66 • 9-1-1999 • Superior Galleries
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 40,000 R-2.6 112 / 117 TIE 178 / 183 TIE
60 or Better 29,250 R-2.7 93 / 117 TIE 146 / 183 TIE
65 or Better 6 R-9.7 26 / 117 TIE 35 / 183 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65+ PCGS grade

David Hall Collection - Bob R. Simpson Collection

1 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 2/2012:4952, $9,775

1 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 5/2012:5153, $7,475

1 MS65 PCGS grade  
1 MS65 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65+ PCGS grade

David Hall Collection - Bob R. Simpson Collection

1 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 2/2012:4952, $9,775

1 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 5/2012:5153, $7,475

1 MS65 PCGS grade  
1 MS65 PCGS grade  
6 MS64+ PCGS grade
6 MS64+ PCGS grade
6 MS64+ PCGS grade
6 MS64+ PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1893 $10 has the dubious distinction of having the largest PCGS-certified population of any date in the entire 10 Liberty series (although the 1894 $10 is almost as plentiful).  This was one of the dates exported in large quantities to European central banks by the United States government decades ago.  Dealers began re-importing them back into America beginning in the late 1970's and 1980s, and the supply has been seemingly inexhaustible. 

One might expect a large number of Gems from such a large population, but such is not the case.  Rather, the overall quality of this date is generally poor, with the vast majority of survivors appearing in MS61 and MS62, suggesting excessive handling and movement of the bags in which the coins were stored.  Thus, out of a population of over 17,000 PCGS-certified Mint State examples, only four have earned the MS65 grade