1856-S $10 (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Head $10 1838-1907

PCGS MS62+

PCGS MS62+

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PCGS MS61

PCGS MS61

PCGS MS61

PCGS MS61

PCGS #:
8621
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
26.80 millimeters
Weight:
16.70 grams
Mintage:
68,000
Mint:
San Francisco
Metal:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 250 R-6.6 48 / 64 TIE 84 / 183 TIE
60 or Better 5 R-9.7 26 / 64 TIE 44 / 183 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 64 1 / 183
Survival Estimate
All Grades 250
60 or Better 5
65 or Better
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-6.6
60 or Better R-9.7
65 or Better R-10.1
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 48 / 64 TIE
60 or Better 26 / 64 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 64
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 84 / 183 TIE
60 or Better 44 / 183 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 183

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS63 PCGS grade
2 MS62+ PCGS grade
3 MS62 PCGS grade
3 MS62 PCGS grade
3 MS62 PCGS grade
5 MS61 PCGS grade

Ellen D Collection (PCGS Set Registry) - Simpson Collection


5 MS61 PCGS grade
5 MS61 PCGS grade
5 MS61 PCGS grade
5 MS61 PCGS grade
#1 MS63 PCGS grade
#2 MS62+ PCGS grade
#3 MS62 PCGS grade
#3 MS62 PCGS grade
#3 MS62 PCGS grade
#5 MS61 PCGS grade

Ellen D Collection (PCGS Set Registry) - Simpson Collection


#5 MS61 PCGS grade
#5 MS61 PCGS grade
#5 MS61 PCGS grade
#5 MS61 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

One variety of the 1856-S Eagle features a mintmark placed beneath the talon and the fletch of the arrow. While this is an unusual positioning for an S-Mint No Motto Eagle, it is normal for most other mintmarked No Motto Eagles. All this indicates is that Mint employers were not always consistent in their placement of mintmarks, which were added by hand to the individual dies.

David Akers (1975/88):

The 1856-S is rare in any condition and is particularly rare in high grade. Only a few that grade as high as AU are known and there are no more than two or possibly three uncirculated examples. When available, this date is invariably only VF or EF. It is interesting to note that despite its considerable rarity, the 1856-S is the second commonest S-Mint Eagle (the 1854-S is the most common) prior to 1879. This is a strong indication of just how rare these San Francisco Mint issues are because the 1856-S is by no stretch of the imagination common. Both small and large mintmark varieties exist and the Small S variety is the more common.