Item Description

1881 1/2oz $10 American Eagle Gold Coin

(photos are of the actual coin)





Coin's Specifications

Design Specifications

Designer        James B. Longacre
Gross Weight    16.718 grams
Net Weight      0.48375 Ounces
Composition     .900 gold, .100 copper
Diameter        27 mm, reeded edge

Participating Mints

Philadelphia    1866-1907
San Francisco   1866-1889
Carson City     1870-84, 1890-93
New Orleans     1879-83, 1888, 1892-95, 1897, 1899, 1901, 1903-04, 1906
Denver          1906-1907


History



The Gold Eagle, also known as Coronet or Liberty Type, minted from 1838 to 1907, was designed by Christian Gobrecht. The original design displayed Miss Liberty on the obverse with the word Liberty on the Coronet and the spread-winged Eagle on the reverse; this was the No Motto Type minted from 1838-1866. 


The succeeding With Motto Liberty design began in 1866 and was produced through 1907. This type added the Motto "In God We Trust" above the Eagle on the reverse. This series can be especially challenging to a collector because there are so many rare dates.




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