1863 Liberty Gold Eagle

In the midst of the American Civil War, the output at the Philadelphia Mint dropped considerably. The 1863 Liberty Gold Eagle had just 1,218 pieces struck for circulation, representing the lowest mintage for the “no motto” type produced between 1838 and 1866.

Most surviving examples of this issue are heavily circulated, with only a few known in the higher circulated grades and at the uncirculated level. The total population is believed to be not more than 25 examples, and auction appearances are infrequent. Acquiring this issue in problem free condition will require some patience.

The finest known 1863 Gold Eagle is the Harry Bass example, which grades MS63. This coin sold for $52,900 in 2000.

This issue was also struck in proof, with a reported mintage of 30 pieces. It is believed that around 10 examples still exist today. In January 2008, an 1863 Proof Liberty Gold Eagle graded NGC PF 65 Ultra Cameo realized a price of $138,000 at auction.