United States, 10 dollars, proof, 1839

United States Mint, Philadelphia. Obverse: Head of Liberty facing left, wearing coronet; stars around, date below. Reverse: Eagle, denomination (TEN D.). A reduction in the stipulated weight of the ten dollar gold piece, or eagle, offered promise that the coin would be kept in circulation rather than heading for the melting pot as soon as it was struck. Accordingly, the Mint was instructed to resume eagle coinage. It employed the talents of a new, skilled designer, Christian Gobrecht, better known for his impact on American silver coinage of the same era.
This is one of three proof eagles known from this year.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
U.S. Mint. Philadelphia
United States Mint
Gobrecht, Christian
Physical Description
gold (overall metal)
0 (overall die axis)
0 (overall die axis measurement)
struck (overall production method)
overall: 2 mm x 2.6 cm; 3/32 in x 1 1/32 in
place made
United States
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Coins, Currency and Medals
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Armed Forces History: National Numismatic Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Government Transfer: US DOTT, USM
Publication title
Glossary of Coins and Currency Terms
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