1905 Liberty Head $10 gold eagles were struck in a relatively small batch of less than 600,000 pieces – a small number especially given that these coins were made in the 20th century. Making matters even more trying for coin collectors who want examples of 1905 gold eagles is that still fewer of these coins survive today. That’s owed to the fact that many of these old gold coins were later melted down for their precious metal content. That’s a situation that affects nearly all pre-1933 U.S. gold coins. 1905 $10 gold eagle coins contain 0.4806 ounces of gold, but they are treasured numismatic collectibles and are therefore worth much more than their bullion value alone.
1905 $10 gold coins were designed by Chief Engraver Christian Gobrecht, who helmed production of many now-classic coins at the United States Mint. In addition to the 1905 Liberty Head $10 gold coin, which was first released in 1838, Gobrecht notably designed Seated Liberty coins, which were largely made during the late 1830s through early 1890s.
Here’s a breakdown of the mintages and values of 1905 Liberty Head gold eagles:
1905, 201,078 minted; $810
1905-S, 369,250; $850
1905 proof; $43,500
*Values are for coins grading Very Fine 20 unless otherwise noted.
1905 Liberty Head gold eagles are very scarce today. Thus it’s prudent to buy only certified specimens, which can help prevent the accidental purchase of counterfeit 1905 Liberty Head $10 gold eagle coins.