1845 Liberty Head $10 gold coins are challenging for coin collectors to find as they were made in small quantities and many of those pieces were melted down or have been lost to the elements of time. The third Chief Engraver of the United States Mint, Christian Gobrecht, designed 1845 Liberty Head $10 gold eagles. This type, which contains 0.4806 ounces of gold, were first was minted in 1838. Gobrecht was also the same person who designed Seated Liberty coinage, which was made generally from the late 1830s through early 1890s.
Here’s a look at the 1845 Liberty Head gold eagle $10 coin mintage and values:
1845, 26,153; $1,025
1845-O, 47,500; $1,000
1845-O re-punched mintmark; $1,100
*Values are for coins grading Very Fine 20.
While the mintages may appear somewhat substantial for mid-19th-century gold coin, it’s important to remember that many of the pieces included in the mintages were subject to heavy circulation and many no longer exist. This is quite common with many pre-1933 U.S. gold coins. Given the overall scarceness of pre-1933 U.S. gold coins, such as 1845 $10 eagles, it’s a good idea buy them certified from reputable third-party coin grading firms or, if purchased “raw,” from trusted coin dealers or bullion distributors.