1903-S $10 MS63

PCGS#: 8754

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

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.

Diameter: 26.80 millimeters Designer: Christian Gobrecht Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 538,000 Weight: 16.70 grams Metal Content: 90% Gold, 10% Copper

Rarity and Survival Estimates

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

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade Stack’s/Bowers 11/2012:3297, $25,428
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
4 MS66+ PCGS grade

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


5 MS66 PCGS grade