Coins Certified as of 1/22

My Coin #12166934

1861-S $10 AU55

PCGS#: 8634

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: It's really amazing how prescient and accurate the late David Akers was when he evaluated U.S. gold coins decades ago.  He really knew his stuff and much of what he wrote remains true today.  On the occasional times that he was wrong or "off", it is because of newer information that we have today, particularly with regards to hoards and mini-hoards of coins that have shown up in subsequent years.

In the case of the 1861-S $10, Akers' comparison of this date to the 1858-S, 1859-S, and 1860s was spot-on -- all three remain rarer than the 1861-S in terms of overall population.  Today's populations of the 1855-S and the 1961-S remain nearly identical and, yes, the 1861-S is still slightly more rare than the 1857-S.  The only difference we see today is in the population distribution, where there has been a slight shift to the AU column.  EF45 is the most frequently-seen grade for this date, but there are at least two dozen AU examples which, for whatever reason, were not present in Akers' time.  Also, there is one Mint State specimen known today -- an NGC MS61 that holds the record price for this date (more than twice the price of the most valuable AU58).

David Akers (1975/88): While not as rare as the 1858-S, 1859-S or 1860-S, the 1861-S is still a very rare date in all grades. It is similar in rarity to the lower mintage 1855-S and a little more rare than the 1857-S. Most specimens are well worn with the population evenly spread over the Fine, VF and EF grades. A very few AU's are known but no uncirculated specimens. Like the other dates mentioned above, this date is a grossly underrated rarity.

Diameter: 26.80 millimeters Designer: Christian Gobrecht Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 15,500 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 80 R-8.2 18 / 64 TIE 35 / 183 TIE
60 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 64 1 / 183
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 64 1 / 183

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 AU58 PCGS grade  
1 AU58 PCGS grade  
1 AU58 estimated grade  

Warren Miller Collection - Heritage 10/1995:6322, $15,400 - Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part II - Bowers & Merena 10/1999:1484, $19,550 - Heritage 1/2012:4977, $54,625 - Heritage 8/2012:5390, $67,562.50

5 AU55 PCGS grade

Goldbergs 5/2008:4729, $13,800 - David Hall Collection - Bob R. Simpson Collection

5 AU55 PCGS grade