1903-O $10 MS63 Certification #06533245, PCGS #8753

Owner's Comments

A little bit of "euro-grime" on the relief areas attests to the originality of this piece.

Expert Comments

Doug Winter

The 1903-O is the most common New Orleans eagle. Large quantities of relatively high grade pieces have been found overseas in the past decade, making this coin reasonably easy to find in grades up to and including MS63. This makes it a popular issue with type collectors.

It is almost never seen in well-circulated grades and is only moderately scarce in the lower Uncirculated grades. It is somewhat scarce in MS63 but still far more available at this level than any other large size gold coin from this Mint. It is very rare in MS64 and unique in Gem.

STRIKE: This is among the best struck New Orleans eagles. The obverse is sometimes not fully defined on the curls around the face but most 1903-O eagles are sharp on the obverse and reverse.

SURFACES: The surfaces on most pieces are abraded and these marks are, for some reason, more prevalent and deeper on the obverse than on the reverse. It is sometimes possible to find an example that is not excessively abraded.

LUSTER: The luster is above average with most of the higher grade pieces showing a frosty texture. There are some that have a more subdued luster with a grainy texture. Prooflike examples exist but these are usually heavily bagmarked and not appealing as a result.

COLORATION: The natural coloration is most often a rich orange-gold. Some are seen with more of a greenish tint. It is still reasonably easy to locate examples with natural color.

EYE APPEAL: The 1903-O is a good choice for type collectors as most pieces are well struck and lustrous. This date is found with bagmarked surfaces but there are some pieces known that are only moderately abraded.

DIE CHARACTERISTICS: There are no important die characteristics noted on either the obverse or the reverse.

MAJOR VARIETIES: There is a single variety known.

Variety One: The date is evenly spaced between the truncation and the denticles. The reverse is the same as seen on the 1894-O, 1895-O and 1897-O eagles. Some pieces show light repunching on the mintmark.
Christian Gobrecht
26.80 millimeters
16.70 grams
90% Gold, 10% Copper
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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

65 or Better 2050 R-4.5 88 / 117 TIE 154 / 183 TIE
All Grades 1075 R-4.9 68 / 117 TIE 121 / 183 TIE
60 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 117 TIE 1 / 183 TIE
65 or Better 2050
All Grades 1075
60 or Better 1
65 or Better R-4.5
All Grades R-4.9
60 or Better R-10.0
65 or Better 88 / 117 TIE
All Grades 68 / 117 TIE
60 or Better 1 / 117 TIE
65 or Better 154 / 183 TIE
All Grades 121 / 183 TIE
60 or Better 1 / 183 TIE

Condition Census Learn More

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade

John Clapp - Eliasberg Collection

2 MS65+ PCGS grade MS65+ PCGS grade
3 MS64 PCGS grade MS64 PCGS grade
3 MS64 PCGS grade
3 MS64 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade

John Clapp - Eliasberg Collection

MS65+ PCGS grade #2 MS65+ PCGS grade
MS64 PCGS grade #3 MS64 PCGS grade
#3 MS64 PCGS grade
#3 MS64 PCGS grade