"Three Cent Liberty Head" $10.00 Or Eagle Patterns
1868 $10 Liberty Head Eagle, Judd-661, Pollock-734, High R.7, PR65 Ultra Cameo NGC

On the obverse, a bust of Liberty faces left, wearing a coronet inscribed LIBERTY. Around, 13 stars, and below, the date. The reverse depicts an eagle with wings spread, clutching three arrows and an olive branch. A ribbon carries the motto IN GOD WE TRUST. Around, the legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, and below, the denomination TEN D. Struck in gold with a reeded edge. Designs for this pattern were by James B. Longacre, and it is apparently one of the last works created by the engraver before his death.

Only four examples of this important gold pattern are currently known. This specimen is the plate coin in David Akers' United States Gold Patterns, illustrated by coins from the Dr. J.E. Wilkison Collection. Another is in the Connecticut State Library Collection, and the fourth is from the King Farouk Collection. An 1870 Mason & Co. auction catalog reported that four pieces were struck, and this is the number known today. Dr. Judd, who once owned this exact coin, reported that just three pieces were struck, apparently taking this information from the Adams-Woodin pattern reference.

$218,500.00 (Jan 2, 2007 HA.com)
1868 $10 Liberty Head Eagle, Judd-662, Pollock-735, 737, Low R.7, PR64 Brown PCGS

The obverse has a bust of Liberty facing left, wearing a coronet inscribed LIBERTY. Around, 13 stars, and below, the date. On the reverse, an eagle with wings spread, clutches three arrows and an olive branch. A ribbon carries the motto IN GOD WE TRUST. Around, the legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, and below, the denomination TEN D. Struck in copper with a reeded edge. Examples of this design were coined in gold, copper, and aluminum with a total of about 30 known, including a dozen copper examples like this piece.

$4,600.00 (Jan 2, 2007 HA.com)
1868 $10 Liberty Head Eagle, Judd-663, Pollock-736, High R.6, PR63 PCGS

The obverse has a bust of Liberty facing left, wearing a coronet inscribed LIBERTY. Around, 13 stars, and below, the date. On the reverse, an eagle with wings spread clutches three arrows and an olive branch. A ribbon carries the motto IN GOD WE TRUST. Around, the legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, and below, the denomination TEN D. Struck in aluminum with a reeded edge. Just over a dozen examples of this pattern variety are known today.

$5,750.00 (Jan 2, 2007 HA.com)
1868 $10 Liberty Head Eagle, Judd-661, Pollock-734, High R.7
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