1861 $10 MS62

PCGS#: 8633

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: David Akers was correct in his observation that the 1861 is one of the most common of the No Motto Eagle dates, though he rated it more common than the 1855, which is incorrect.  Based on population data, the most common dates among the No Motto Eagles are 1847, 1847-O, 1851-O, and then the 1861.  In fact, the 1855 is much less common than the 1861. 

Grading data shows over two dozen PCGS-certified Mint State examples, the vast majority of which are low-end MS61s.  The two choice examples to which Akers referred appear to include an amazing PCGS MS66 (finest known from the Bass Collection) and a lovely PCGS MS64+ (the second finest known). 

David Akers (1975/88): This is the commonest date of the No Motto type after 1855 but it is still a very scarce date, particularly in high grade. While VF and EF examples can be obtained, AU specimens are very difficult to locate and strictly uncirculated pieces are very rare. I have seen several mint state 1861 Eagles including two very choice ones but in terms of both overall rarity and condition rarity, this date is considerably more rare than a number of dates of this type.

Diameter: 26.80 millimeters Designer: Christian Gobrecht Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 113,164 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 625 R-5.7 60 / 64 TIE 113 / 183 TIE
60 or Better 22 R-9.0 48 / 64 TIE 75 / 183 TIE
65 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 64 TIE 1 / 183 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade  

Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 11/2000:679, $50,600

2 MS64+ PCGS grade
3 MS63+ PCGS grade  
4 MS63 PCGS grade  
4 MS63 estimated grade