United States, 10 dollars, proof, 1840

United States Mint, Philadelphia. Obverse: Head of Liberty facing left, with coronet; stars around, date below. Reverse: Eagle, denomination (TEN D.) U.S. Mint engraver Christian Gobrecht altered his Liberty head slightly in mid-1839. Previously, the Liberty's head had been tilted slightly forward. After that, the head was completely vertical: Liberty looks straight ahead rather than slightly down. Thus amended, the Gobrecht designs graced the eagle for the remainder of the 19th century and the first few years of the 20th. This single proof eagle is the only one known for the year 1840.
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Object Name
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U.S. Mint. Philadelphia
United States Mint
Gobrecht, Christian
Physical Description
gold (overall metal)
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struck (overall production method)
overall: 17.3 mm; 11/16 in
place of issue
United States
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
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Armed Forces History: National Numismatic Collection
Coins, Currency and Medals
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Government Transfer: US DOTT, USM
Related Publication
Glossary of Coins and Currency Terms
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