United States $10.00 Liberty Head Eagle 1838-1907
Due to a sharp rise in the price of gold (brought on by the turmoil created by The Napoleonic Wars and Bonapart’s “Reign of Terror”) President Thomas Jefferson ordered that the production of $10 gold coins be halted on December 31, 1804. It would be 34 years and 2 Acts of Congress (altering both weight and fineness of United States gold coinage) before production would resume.
$10 Liberty Head Eagle Specs
Diameter: 1-1/8” (27 mm)
Weight: 258 grains (16.718 grams)
Composition: 90% gold-10% silver/copper (1838-73)
Composition: 90% gold -10% copper (1873- 1907)
Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Engravers: Christian Gobrecht (1838-44); James Longacre (1844-68); William Barber (1869-79); and CharlesE.Barber (after1879).
Mint Marks: Philadelphia (none); Denver (D); San Francisco (S); New Orleans (O); found under the eagle on the reverse.
Obverse: Liberty head facing left wearing a coronet inscribed LIBERTY. Date (below), 13 stars (surrounding) around beaded border.
Reverse: Spread eagle holding 3 arrows in left claw and an olive branch in right. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and the denomination TEN D. around the beaded border with the motto IN GOD WE TRUST (beginning in 1866) on scroll above eagle.