1902 Liberty Head $10 gold eagles were made in a rather small quantity, and far fewer still survive today than were originally made. This is because many of these coins have been melted for their gold content, a situation that has affected the majority of pre-1933 U.S. gold coins. Today, old gold coins are considered quite scarce, even though their mintage numbers may sometimes suggest large quantities were released into circulation.
Designed by Christian Gobrecht, who served as the third chief engraver of the United States Mint, 1902 Liberty Head gold eagle are beautiful coins that numismatists love. Gobrecht designed many other coins during his tenure at the U.S. Mint, most notably Seated Liberty coinage, which was produced during the late 1830s through early 1890s.
1902 $10 gold eagle coins contain 0.4806 ounces of gold, but they are numismatic collectibles and worth much more than their bullion value alone. Here’s a glance at the mintages and values of the 1902 Liberty Head gold eagles:
1902, 82,513 minted; $810
1902-S, 469,500; $810
1902 proof; $43,500
*Values are for coins grading Very Fine 20 unless otherwise noted.
As 1902 Liberty Head gold eagle coins are considerably scarce today, it’s best to buy only certified specimens. Those who would rather buy “raw,” or unslabbed, 1902 $10 gold coins should seek the assistance of a professional, reputable coin dealer.