1873 $10 (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Head $10 1838-1907

PCGS AU58

PCGS AU58

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Closeup of 1873 $10 Closed 3

Closeup of 1873 $10 Closed 3

PCGS AU55+

PCGS AU55+

PCGS #:
8666
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
26.80 millimeters
Weight:
16.70 grams
Mintage:
800
Mint:
Philadelphia
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 32 R-8.8 2 / 117 4 / 183 TIE
60 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 117 TIE 1 / 183 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 117 1 / 183
Survival Estimate
All Grades 32
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 2 / 117
60 or Better 1 / 117 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 117
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 MS60 PCGS grade
2 AU58 PCGS grade
2 AU58 PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 5/2016:109, $64,625

2 AU58 PCGS grade
5 AU55+ PCGS grade
6 AU55 PCGS grade

Donald E. Bently Collection - Heritage 1/2014:5493, $55,812.50

6 AU55 PCGS grade
6 AU55 PCGS grade
9 AU53 PCGS grade

D.L. Hansen Collection

10 AU53 PCGS grade
#1 MS60 PCGS grade
#2 AU58 PCGS grade
#2 AU58 PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 5/2016:109, $64,625

#2 AU58 PCGS grade
#5 AU55+ PCGS grade
#6 AU55 PCGS grade

Donald E. Bently Collection - Heritage 1/2014:5493, $55,812.50

#6 AU55 PCGS grade
#6 AU55 PCGS grade
#9 AU53 PCGS grade

D.L. Hansen Collection

#10 AU53 PCGS grade
David Akers (1975/88): The 1873 is one of the five or six rarest dates in the U.S. $10 gold series. Among Philadelphia Mint Liberty Head issues, only the 1875 is rarer. There are relatively few known specimens in any condition, perhaps 12-15 buiness strikes and only 7-8 proofs. The business strikes are all VF or EF (mostly VF) and I have never seen or heard of one that grades AU or Uncirculated.
Doug Winter: All 1873 eagles (business strikes and Proofs) are found with a Closed 3 in the date. All other Philadelphia gold coins from this year are found with both an Open 3 and Closed 3 variety. A total of 800 business strikes were produced along with 25 Proofs. There are an estimated 25-35 examples known. Unlike the 1875 and 1864-S, most surviving 1873 eagles are not extremely well worn. In fact, the majority of the survivors grade in the AU range, suggesting that this issue saw little actual circulation. Most of the pieces I have seen are well struck and display satiny, slightly reflective luster. I have never viewed one that didn't have heavy to very heavy abraisions and my guess is that most 1873 eagles were thrown into a bag and transported somewhere before being released into their brief period(s) of circulation.

The finest known is the ex: Wayne Miller coin, graded MS60 by PCGS, which sold for $34,100 all the way back in October, 1995. Prior to this, the coin had been sold as Stack's 3/90: 1222. Bass lll: 705 ($21,850; as PCGS 58) is probably the second best. In all, I would estimate that there are around a dozen or so in AU with most in tightly-held collections.

I recently sold a nice PCGS AU50 example to a prominent collector and this was the first 1873 eagle that I had owned in close to a decade.

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