Coronet Head Ten Dollar Gold The obverse of the Ten Dollar Coronet Head Gold Coin.

Coronet Head Ten Dollar Eagle

The Coronet Head is a classic. It was designed by Christian Gobrecht in 1839, and was used for nearly 70 years on the gold 10 Dollar Eagle, 5 Dollar Half Eagle, and the 2.5 Dollar Quarter Eagle. It was replaced in 1908 by the Indian Head design.

The Coronet Gold Eagles feature the head of Libery on the obverse, and a shielded eagle on the reverse. We singled out the Ten Dollar Eagle because as the highest denomination of the Coronets, it offers the largest viewing area of this magnificent design.

History of the Coronet Head
The obverse of the Coronet design was the result of an evolutionary refinement that began with the Turban Head which was designed by John Reich and used on Quarter Eagles minted between 1808 and 1834, and the Half Eagles minted from 1807 to 1834. The Turban Head design was modified by William Kneass in 1834 and became known as the Classic Head. The Classic Head was in turn modified by Christian Gobrecht to become the Coronet Head in 1839.

The reverse also inherited much of its style from the Turban Head and Classic Head. In its early years it featured a shielded eagle above its denomination, and surrounded by "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" which is similar to its predecessor, the Classic Head. In 1866, the words "IN GOD WE TRUST" was added in a style more closely aligned with the original Turban Head design.

It is also worth noting that Braided Hair Cent and Half-Cent copper coins from 1839 through 1857 feature a similar obverse as the Coronet Head, and they were also designed by Christian Gobrecht. However the reverse on these copper coins feature a wreath rather than the eagle. The Braided Hair Cent and Half-Cent are excellent alternatives to those seeking the Corenet Design in a less expensive metal.

Most Expensive Coronet $10 Eagles
There were a few years where the Philadelphia Mint produced less than a thousand coins. These years were 1873, 1875, 1876, and 1877. 1863 was also a light year for the Philadelphia Mint with just over 1,200 Eagles minted. The New Orleans Mint had its share of small productions with less than 3,000 coins produced each year in 1841, 1859, 1879, and 1883. Carson City Generally speaking, there were significantly higher mintages of Coronet Eagles and Half Eagles, and much lower mintages of the Quarter Eagle. To make matters more complicated, some of the highest mintage years for Eagles and Half Eagles were actually low mintage years for the Quarter Eagle.

Least Expensive Coronet Eagles
The 1881 Philadelphia Eagles and Half Eagles are the most common with a combined mintage of over 10 million coins. However, it is one of the least common mintages for the Quarter Eagle.

How can you tell which mint your coin came from?
Coronet Heads minted in Denver have a D mint mark on the reverse side below the eagle. coins minted in San Francisco have an S mint mark found in the same location. Coins minted in Philadelphia lack a mint mark.

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Coronet Head Ten Dollar Gold The reverse of the Coronet Head Gold Coin shows the denomination "TEN D."

Coronet Head Ten Dollar Gold The Coronet Head was issued as a ten dollar, five dollar, and two-and-a-half dollar coin. The five dollar coin is shown here along side the ten dollar coin.

Coronet Head Ten Dollar Gold In 2006 a five dollar coin was issued to commemorative the San Francisco Old Mint (on the right). The reverse design is a replica of the Coronet Head five dollar coin produced a hundred years prior (on the left).

Coronet Head Ten Dollar Gold The mint mark for the Cornet Head gold coins can be found on the reverse below the eagle.