1865 S Coronet Head Gold $10 Eagle : Inverted 186

New Style Liberty Head - No Motto

Mintage: N/A
Minted at: San Francisco

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.):
1865 S Inverted 186 - Liberty Head $10 Gold Eagle - Ten Dollars
One major variety is the 1865-S $10 Gold Liberty Head Eagle with an 1865 stuck over an inverted 186. This was actually a blunder caused by the original engraver of the coin. A full 3-digit "186" punch was used to save time on engraving - but it was originally struck upside down before the "5" was to be added. Once the mistake was discovered - the engraver struck the "186" right-side up and then added the "5". This resulted in the "8" struck over an inverted "6" - the "6" was stuck over the inverted "8" - and the "5" was stuck over the inverted "1". Only the 865 portion of the date covers the inverted 186. A closeup example image of the 1865 over inverted 186 is depicted below - note the inverted underlying digits identified by the arrows (source of example image is courtesy of Heritage Auction Galleries):

1865-S 865 Over Inverted 186 Liberty Head Gold Eagle - Closeup Example Image
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: $570.50


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