1898 Liberty Head $10 gold eagles were struck in decent numbers, but many fewer exist today for coin collectors than were originally minted. That’s because many 1898 gold eagles have been melted or lost to time due through attrition from heavy circulation, disappearing forever. That’s one reason those who seek to buy old gold coins, such as the 1898 Liberty Head eagle, should purchase certified specimens – many unscrupulous individuals have counterfeited these coins over the years.
1898 $10 gold eagle coins contain 0.4806 ounces of gold, though they are worth much more than their bullion value because of their significant collectible value. Here’s a rundown of the mintages and values of 1898 Liberty Head gold eagles:
1898, 812,197 minted; $810
1898-S, 473,600; $850
1898 proof; $43,500
*Values are for coins grading Very Fine 20 unless otherwise noted.
Christian Gobrecht designed 1898 Liberty Head gold eagles, a coin type first released in 1838. Gobrecht served as the third chief engraver of the United States Mint, and he designed several coins during his tenure at the U.S. Mint. The most famous Gobrecht coin designs, aside from the 1898 Liberty Head $10 gold coins, are Seated Liberty coins, which were struck during a time span ranging from the late 1830s to the early 1890s.