1873 Liberty Head $10 gold eagles are very scarce coins, with just a relative few specimens surviving today as compared to the number that were originally produced. These popular old U.S. gold coins were designed by United States Mint Chief Engraver Christian Gobrecht. While well known for his role behind Liberty Head eagle gold coins, which were first minted in 1838, he is also widely recognized for designing Seated Liberty coinage. Seated Liberty coins were generally struck from the late 1830s through early 1890s and are considered a classic with numismatists nowadays.
1873 $10 gold eagle coins contain 0.4806 ounces of gold, though these beloved gold coins are much more important as numismatic treasures than simply bullion coins.
Here’s an overview of the values and mintages of the 1873 Liberty Head gold eagle $10 coin:
1873 closed “3,” 825 minted; $4,500
1873-CC, 4,543; $6,000
1873-S, 12,000; $1,150
*Values are for coins grading Very Fine 20.
The mintage figures above are much higher than the number of specimens that survive today, especially in the case of the 1873-CC eagle, which – characteristically for 1870s Carson City coins – is much scarcer than published production figures indicate. Therefore, 1873-CC gold eagles and, really, all pre-1933 U.S. gold coins should be considered scarce. It is advisable to buy only certified 1873 $10 gold eagle coins. For those who insist on buying “raw,” or unslabbed, coins, their best bet is to purchase those pieces only from reputable coin dealers.