1865-S $10 (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Head $10 1838-1907

PCGS AU50

PCGS AU50

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PCGS AU50

PCGS AU50

PCGS AU50

PCGS AU50

PCGS #:
8642
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
26.80 millimeters
Weight:
16.70 grams
Mintage:
16,700
Mint:
San Francisco
Metal:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

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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 27 R-8.9 2 / 64 3 / 183
60 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 64 1 / 183
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 64 1 / 183
Survival Estimate
All Grades 27
60 or Better
65 or Better
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-8.9
60 or Better R-10.1
65 or Better R-10.1
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 2 / 64
60 or Better 1 / 64
65 or Better 1 / 64
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 3 / 183
60 or Better 1 / 183
65 or Better 1 / 183

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 AU58 estimated grade
2 AU53 PCGS grade
2 AU53 estimated grade

Heritage 1/2007:3648, $21,850

2 AU53 estimated grade
2 AU53 estimated grade
2 AU53 estimated grade
7 AU50 PCGS grade
7 AU50 PCGS grade
7 AU50 PCGS grade
7 AU50 PCGS grade
#1 AU58 estimated grade
#2 AU53 PCGS grade
#2 AU53 estimated grade

Heritage 1/2007:3648, $21,850

#2 AU53 estimated grade
#2 AU53 estimated grade
#2 AU53 estimated grade
#7 AU50 PCGS grade
#7 AU50 PCGS grade
#7 AU50 PCGS grade
#7 AU50 PCGS grade
David Akers (1975/88): The 1865-S normal date is very rare in any condition, more so than either the mintage or even the modest number of auction appearances would imply. The blundered or inverted date variety was not discovered until about 20 years ago and therefore, it is likely that some of the pre-1960 listings are for inverted date coins. I have seen approximately twice as many inverted date specimens as I have normal ones. Most normal date 1865-S Eagles are very worn and grade from VG to VF. In EF, this date is extremely rare and I am unaware of any specimens above that grade, although the Miles coin was called AU. The 1865-S normal date is more rare than the 1858-S, 1859-S, 1862-S, and 1863-S and is of approximately the same rarity as the 1860-S and 1867-S. It is only a little less rare than the 1864-S and 1866-S No Motto.
Doug Winter: Two varieties are known for this year. The better known is the spectacular 1865-S Over Inverted 186. The less visually impressive Normal Date is, ironically, the rarer of the two. I regard this as the second rarest eagle from San Francisco. I estimate that around 30-40 are known and nearly all grade EF40 or below. In fact, this one of the rarest Liberty Head eagles from the standpoint of condition. I have never seen or heard of an Uncirculated example and I know of just three that I would call real AU's (none better than AU50 to AU53).

The quality of strike is very distinctive with soft radial lines in the stars and a slightly concave appearance on the obverse. The reverse is better struck although many examples show weakness on the neck feathers. I have never seen an 1865-S Normal Date eagle that did not have heavily abraded surfaces and most have enough wear to lack any significant luster.