We are so used to paper dollars that it is strange to think about a gold coin with a ten dollar face value. The Philadelphia Mint began production of ten dollar Gold Eagle gold coins in 1792. By 1834, an act passed by Congress altered the amount of gold in a ten dollar gold coin. During the California gold rush of 1849, even jewelers were making 10 dollar gold pieces.
The Liberty ten dollar gold coin was produced at mints in the U.S. from 1838 to 1907. Due to market expansion and the increasing price of gold, each one is worth at least $740. For example, the 1880 Liberty minted in Carson City, Nevada, is valued at over $4,900 in nearly uncirculated condition.
Indian head ten dollar gold coins were produced between 1908 and 1933. These are worth at least $755 a piece, though very rare mints and dates are worth thousands of dollars. A 1911 Indian Head ten dollar coin minted in Denver and in near uncirculated condition is worth $2,343. Very rare and valuable are the 1920 and 1930 coins minted in San Francisco and the 1922 coins.
The 1847 Coronet Liberty Eagle ten dollar gold coin is worth about $1,250 and the Gold Eagles that came before it sell for more than $6,700 each. These coins are valuable but worth even more is a 1933 Indian head ten dollar gold coin. This gem was produced during the final year the U.S. Mint struck any gold coins for currency. In good condition, it has an estimated value of $300,000.
Lady Liberty takes the ultimate prize, with the 1839 ten dollar proof gold coin worth an amazing $1,000,000. If you buy gold coins like this, be prepared to do some sleuthing. Fewer than five of these coins are known to exist. This truly is the golden ticket, as gold prices are still increasing.