The United States Mint ceased production of gold eagles in 1804, and and resumed production in 1838. The 1804 proof restrike eagles were struck in 1834-35, when the U.S. Department of State decided to give "complete" type sets of U.S. coins, including the 1804 dollar and eagle, as gifts to certain rulers in Asia willing to grant trade concessions to the United States. In 1962 a set originally presented to the King of Siam, Rama III, between 1834 and 1836 confirmed this early purpose for the coins. There are 4 restrikes known, which can be differentiated from regular issues by their proof surfaces and the plain "4" in the date. Regular issues have a "crosslet 4."
Obverse: Bust of Liberty facing right with Liberty cap, 8 stars to left and 5 stars to right with "LIBERTY" above and "1804" below.
Reverse: Heraldic Eagle with head left, banner in beak with "E PLURIBUS UNUM," bundle of arrows in left claw and an olive branch in the right, 13 stars around head with clouds above and "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" around.
- The 1804 eagle was the last eagle made for circulation for the next 38 years.
- In 1834-1835, 4 proof restrikes of the 1804 eagle were produced as presentation pieces.
- The early eagle design did not include a denomination.
Variety: Crosslet 4 Date: 1804
Denomination: Ten Dollars
Weight: 17.5 grams
Country of Origin: US