Liberty Head $10 (1838 – 1907)

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History

Made with 90% gold, (the remainder being 10% copper for durability), the Liberty Head ten dollar gold coin was minted from 1838 until 1907. This ten dollar gold piece was minted in the Philadelphia, San Francisco, Denver, New Orleans and Carson City mints. It is often referred to as an “Eagle” as a shorthand term for the coin. Having been minted for sixty-nine years, the Liberty Head was by far the longest series of ten dollar gold coins ever minted in the United States. As a result, it is a widely popular series among collectors as there are so many ways to collect the coin. There are dates, mintmarks from branch mints as well as many periods of historical significance that can be collected. The minting of this coin spanned several periods of the history of the United States, including the California gold rush, the western migration, the civil war, the wild west period and the beginnings of the industrial age. To collect Liberty Head ten dollar gold pieces is to hold much of the history of the United States in the palm of your hand.

The obverse or front of the coin displays a bust of Liberty with her hair pulled back and partially covered by a coronet with the word “Liberty” across the front. Thirteen stars surround Liberty’s head to represent the original thirteen colonies. The reverse of the coin displays an eagle with wings outstretched and a shield on its chest. The eagle is clutching a branch in one talon and arrows in the other. The mintmark is just below the eagle and the denomination of the coin below the mintmark.

Value

There are many factors that determine the value of Liberty Head gold coins. First, there is the gold content. The Liberty Head gold piece is 27mm in diameter and weighs 16.718 grams. Since they are made with 90% gold, a large aspect of their value is based purely on the gold content. While they have a “ten dollar” face value, their intrinsic value is tied to that gold content, which is 0.48375 of a troy ounce. As a result, and regardless of any other factor, they will always be worth an amount equal to their weight in gold consistent with the current gold spot price or “melt value”. Other determiners of value include scarcity, variety, mintmark and condition.

Many years of the series in moderate condition do not carry a premium much above their gold content. Prices for common date coins do not start to exceed their gold content value until you reach very fine and better condition coins. Many of the branch mint coins, especially the Carson City minted coins carry a substantial premium. Years with significantly lower mintages are also often quite valuable with prices reaching the tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of dollars depending on the condition of the coin. One particular rarity, the 1839 variety with 9 over 8, sold for over 1.6 million dollars in 2007 in high proof condition.

Because there are so many varied opinions on the condition (or grade) of a coin, the values mentioned reflect the highest retail prices that have been obtained for those coins that have been assessed by a third party grading company. Such coins have been authenticated, graded and encapsulated by expert coin grading companies to minimize any doubt as to their authenticity, quality and value and therefore their potential worth.

We Buy Liberty Head Ten Dollar Gold Coins

We want to buy your coins and as a business it is our pledge to offer you the best value for your coins, however, always remember that the prices you may find online or in price guides usually represent the highest retail value for the coin in an already certified condition. As a trusted dealer we will have our coin specialists evaluate your coins at no cost and offer you a price that is both fair for you, but that also allows us to realize a reasonable profit.