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

1903-S $10 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+
PCGS #:
8754
Diameter:
26.80 millimeters
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
16.70 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
538,000
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$25,428 • PCGS MS67 • 11-16-2012 • Stack's/Bowers
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 2,250 R-4.5 88 / 117 TIE 154 / 183 TIE
60 or Better 1,900 R-4.6 79 / 117 TIE 132 / 183 TIE
65 or Better 125 R-7.7 45 / 117 54 / 183
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade

Stack’s/Bowers 11/2012:3297, $25,428

1 MS67 PCGS grade  

Heritage 4/2014:5777, $24,675

1 MS67 PCGS grade  
4 MS66+ PCGS grade

Heritage 10/2009:1566, $9,775 - Ellen D Collection (PCGS Set Registry) - Simpson Collection

 

4 MS66+ PCGS grade
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade

Stack’s/Bowers 11/2012:3297, $25,428

1 MS67 PCGS grade  

Heritage 4/2014:5777, $24,675

1 MS67 PCGS grade  
4 MS66+ PCGS grade

Heritage 10/2009:1566, $9,775 - Ellen D Collection (PCGS Set Registry) - Simpson Collection

 

4 MS66+ PCGS grade
4 MS66+ PCGS grade  
7 MS66 PCGS grade  
7 MS66 PCGS grade  
7 MS66 PCGS grade  
7 MS66 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: In 1903, employees at the San Francisco Mint cranked out 538,000 $10 gold pieces.  Though thousands of examples are known today, this date has a much lower survival rate than other dates, such as 1901 and 1901-S.  Both of those dates have higher mintages, but they were also more common in European hoards than was the 1903-S.  Nonetheless, Mint State 1903-S Eagles are readily available in grades all the way up to MS64.  MS65 examples tend to be scarce, and MS66 examples are rare.  The top grade for this date is MS67, where just a few examples are available for collectors.

Typically, the 1903-S Eagle is well-made and sharply struck.  Luster ranges from soft and frosty to hard and chrome-like.