1842 P Coronet Head Gold $10 Eagle : Small Date - Plain 4

New Style Liberty Head - No Motto

Mintage: 18,623
Minted at: Philadelphia

Designer - Engraver: Christian Gobrecht
Metal Composition: 90% Gold - 10% Copper

Diameter: 27 mm
Mass / Weight: 16.72 grams

What this coin looks like (obverse, reverse, mint mark location, special features, etc.):
1842 Small Date Plain 4 - Liberty Head $10 Gold Eagle - Ten Dollars
There were two major varieties and styles of the 1842 $10 Gold Liberty Head Eagle. This "Small Date" variety features a smaller date with noticeably smaller numbers. All coins of this variety feature a Plain "4" in the 1842 date with a straight horizontal end on the right side of the "4". The other variety is known as the "Large Date" with larger numbers - and all coins of this variety have a Crosslet "4" which features a small vertical line through the right-side end of the "4". The difference between the Small Date vs Large Date (and Plain 4 vs Crosslet 4) is depicted below in the example comparison image (Source of example images is courtesy of Heritage Auction Galleries):

1842 Small Date vs Large Date (Plain 4 vs Crosslet 4) - $10 Liberty Head Gold Eagle - Difference and Comparison
Coin valuation chart: Typical coin prices, values and worth per grade or condition - in USD
Good
(G-4)
Very Good
(VG-8)
Fine
(F-12)
Very Fine
(VF-20)
Extremely Fine
(EF-40)
About Uncirculated
(AU-50)
Uncirculated
(MS-60)
Uncirculated
(MS-63)
Proof
(PR-63)
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MELT VALUE: $561.89


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