1863 $10 (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Head $10 1838-1907

PCGS MS63

PCGS MS63

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PCGS AU53

PCGS AU53

PCGS AU53

PCGS AU53

PCGS #:
8637
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
26.80 millimeters
Weight:
16.70 grams
Mintage:
1,248
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
Current Auctions - NGC Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - PCGS Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 34 R-8.8 3 / 64 4 / 183 TIE
60 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 64 TIE 1 / 183 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 64 1 / 183
Survival Estimate
All Grades 34
60 or Better 1
65 or Better
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-8.8
60 or Better R-10.0
65 or Better R-10.1
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 3 / 64
60 or Better 1 / 64 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 64
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 4 / 183 TIE
60 or Better 1 / 183 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 183

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS63 PCGS grade

Heck Dodson Collection - MARCA 8/1991:755, $104,500 - Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV - Bowers & Merena 11/2000:683, $52,900 - D.L. Hansen Collection

2 AU58 PCGS grade
2 AU58 estimated grade

S.S. Republic Shipwreck - California Collection

2 AU58 estimated grade
5 AU55 PCGS grade

R.L. Miles Collection - Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 10/1999:1491, $23,000

5 AU55 PCGS grade

Donald E. Bently Collection - Heritage 1/2014:5489, $49,937.50

7 AU53 PCGS grade

David Hall Collection - Bob R. Simpson Collection - E&M Collection

7 AU53 PCGS grade
7 AU53 estimated grade

Heritage 1/2005:30496, $28,750

7 AU53 estimated grade
#1 MS63 PCGS grade

Heck Dodson Collection - MARCA 8/1991:755, $104,500 - Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV - Bowers & Merena 11/2000:683, $52,900 - D.L. Hansen Collection

#2 AU58 PCGS grade
#2 AU58 estimated grade

S.S. Republic Shipwreck - California Collection

#2 AU58 estimated grade
#5 AU55 PCGS grade

R.L. Miles Collection - Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 10/1999:1491, $23,000

#5 AU55 PCGS grade

Donald E. Bently Collection - Heritage 1/2014:5489, $49,937.50

#7 AU53 PCGS grade

David Hall Collection - Bob R. Simpson Collection - E&M Collection

#7 AU53 PCGS grade
#7 AU53 estimated grade

Heritage 1/2005:30496, $28,750

#7 AU53 estimated grade
David Akers (1975/88): As one would naturally expect from the small mintage of only 1,248 pieces, the 1863 is extremely rare in any condition. Almost half the 28 appearances at auction were proofs (many of them repeats) and business strikes are seldom available. All examples I have seen were in the VF and EF grades with heavily bagmarked, prooflike surfaces.
Doug Winter: All of the Civil War era Liberty Head eagles are scarce (with the exception of the 1861) but the 1863 is a key rarity in this subset. In fact, I regard it as among the very rarest 19th century Philadelphia gold coins. Only 1,248 business strikes were issued of which an estimated 30-40 are known. The finest is the superb Bass lV: 683 ex: MARCA 8/91 that brought $52,900 in its last appearance (an amazing bargain) after Harry Bass had paid $104,500 for it back in 1991. The second finest known is an NGC MS62 from the S.S. Republic that is owned by a prominent Western collector.

Almost every example that I have seen grades EF45 or below and is characterized by excessively abraded surfaces. The luster is either soft and frosty or, less often, semi-prooflike and the strike tends to be bold with the exception of the curl directly above Liberty's ear.