$10 Gold Eagles (Proof)
Containing one-quarter ounce of gold, proof $10 gold eagles were first issued in 1988 and are popular with both collectors and investors. American gold eagles feature on their obverses a likeness of Miss Liberty striding before a sunrise, a motif by renowned sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens and made famous on $20 gold double eagle coins struck from 1907 through 1933. The reverse of the $10 gold eagle carries a design by Miley Busiek depicting a family of eagles.
Until 1991, $10 gold eagles were dated with Roman numerals, though this practice was abandoned in 1992 when the United States Mint switched to using more conventional Arabic numerals to express the dates on this series. There are no rare $10 proof eagle issues, though PR70 specimens encapsulated by major third-party coin certification companies tend to sell for substantial premiums over PR69 examples. When not seeking top-grade certified specimens, collectors and investors usually prefer spotless $10 proof eagles in crisp, original government packaging.
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