1897-O $10 (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Head $10 1838-1907

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65

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PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS63+

PCGS MS63+

PCGS #:
8738
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
26.80 millimeters
Weight:
16.70 grams
Mintage:
42,500
Mint:
New Orleans
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 625 R-5.7 52 / 117 TIE 113 / 183 TIE
60 or Better 237 R-6.7 44 / 117 97 / 183
65 or Better 3 R-9.8 16 / 117 TIE 24 / 183 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 625
60 or Better 237
65 or Better 3
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-5.7
60 or Better R-6.7
65 or Better R-9.8
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 52 / 117 TIE
60 or Better 44 / 117
65 or Better 16 / 117 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 113 / 183 TIE
60 or Better 97 / 183
65 or Better 24 / 183 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade

John M. Clapp Collection, purchased directly from the New Orleans Mint in 11/1897 - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Ruddy 10/1982:814, $10,450 - Heritage 2/2018:4324, $264,000

2 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS64 PCGS grade  
	MS64 PCGS grade

David Hall Collection - Bob R. Simpson Collection

3 MS64 PCGS grade
3 MS64 PCGS grade
3 MS64 PCGS grade
3 MS64 PCGS grade
3 MS64 PCGS grade
3 MS64 PCGS grade
3 MS64 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade

John M. Clapp Collection, purchased directly from the New Orleans Mint in 11/1897 - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Ruddy 10/1982:814, $10,450 - Heritage 2/2018:4324, $264,000

#2 MS66 PCGS grade
 
	MS64 PCGS grade 
#3 MS64 PCGS grade

David Hall Collection - Bob R. Simpson Collection

#3 MS64 PCGS grade
#3 MS64 PCGS grade
#3 MS64 PCGS grade
#3 MS64 PCGS grade
#3 MS64 PCGS grade
#3 MS64 PCGS grade
#3 MS64 PCGS grade
Doug Winter: Due to its lower mintage, the 1897-O eagle is scarcer than the earlier issues from this decade. It is more common, however, in high grades (in this case MS63 and better) and it appears that some were saved by collectors at the time of issue as a few exceptional Gems exist.

The 1897-O has become a relatively available issue in AU55 to MS61 grades. It is scarce in MS62 and very scarce in MS63. It is rare in any grade above this but more Very Choice to Gem examples exist than for all of the other dates from the 1890’s combined. There is one coin known that is nearly flawless and at least two other Gems.

The population of this date has at least doubled in the past decade as a result of a few groups of coins that were located overseas. These were first seen around 1995 and have slowly continued to become available since then.

STRIKE: The strike is usually sharp at the centers. Many are weak on the stars, especially the first four or five. Interestingly, the 1897-O eagles that have been recently found overseas seem to be weaker on the stars than the pieces that were available a decade ago.

SURFACES: Most 1897-O eagles are very heavily abraded but there are more relatively unmarked examples known than for any other New Orleans eagle from this decade. I have seen a number that had mint-made spotting. Some show an “inner ring” of color at the periphery that nicely contrasts the centers.

LUSTER: There are two types of luster seen on this date. Most are frosty with a slightly grainy subdued texture. A smaller number are semi-prooflike with partially reflective fields.

COLORATION: The coloration is different than that seen on the other New Orleans eagles from the 1890’s. This suggests that the hoards that have been located in the past decade might not be from the same source(s). The coloration ranges from orange-gold to greenish-gold. There are some 1897-O eagles known with outstanding color and the collector should be able to find a pleasing piece with some amount of patience.

EYE APPEAL: The 1897-O is the most common New Orleans eagle from the 1890’s in high grades. There are some known with outstanding color and luster as well as relatively clean surfaces. The typical piece is weak on the radial lines of the stars and has some abrasions in the fields.

DIE CHARACTERISTICS: There is a thin die scratch up from a denticle opposite star twelve towards the northeast point of this star. There is roughness on the portrait. Two small die scratches can be seen through the bases of the ER in LIBERTY.

MAJOR VARIETIES: There is a single variety known.

Variety One: The date is slightly high and slants upward to the right. The 1 and the 7 are closer to the truncation than the denticles. The reverse is very similar to that seen on the 1894-O and 1895-O eagles. Early die states show very light doubling on the outside right of the O.