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

1839/8 $10 Type of 1838 (Proof)



Image courtesy of the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution
PCGS #:
8771
Diameter:
26.80 millimeters
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
16.70 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
5
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$690,000 • NGC PR67 • 9-19-1999 • Ira & Larry Goldberg
 
61
300,000
1
61
64
1,300,000
64
65
1,750,000
65
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 3 R-9.8 1 / 2 TIE 8 / 65 TIE
60 or Better 3 R-9.8 1 / 2 TIE 8 / 65 TIE
65 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 2 1 / 65 TIE
Condition Census (Explain)
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR61 PCGS grade  

From the three-piece 1839 gold proof set purchased by Marc Emory in 1982 on behalf of New England Rare Coin Galleries - Bowers & Merena 5/1993 - Heritage 8/2012:5393, $282,000

Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR61 PCGS grade  

From the three-piece 1839 gold proof set purchased by Marc Emory in 1982 on behalf of New England Rare Coin Galleries - Bowers & Merena 5/1993 - Heritage 8/2012:5393, $282,000

David Hall: There are three known proofs for the 1839 $10 Liberty. One is a lower grade (PCGS PR61) example. And there are two gem examples. The Smithsonian has a gemmy Deep Cameo specimen. But the finest example is probably the Eliasberg coin. It has sold at auction three times since 1982. In the 1982 Eliasberg sale it brought $121,000. Seventeen years later, in the September, 1999 Goldberg auction, it brought $690,000. And then it sold in the January, 2007 Heritage sale for $1,610,000.

 

 


David Akers (1975/88): There are only two known proofs, one in the Smithsonian Institution and the other in the Eliasberg Collection.