Coronet Liberty Head $10.00 Or Eagle Patterns
1863 $10 Ten Dollar, Judd-350, Pollock-422, Low R.6, PR65 Brown PCGS. CAC

Similar to the then-contemporary Liberty eagle design, except that GOD OUR TRUST is placed on a scroll in the upper reverse field. Struck in copper with a reeded edge.

$5,175.00 (Mar 28, 2009
1861 $10 Ten Dollar, Judd-285, Pollock-340, Low R.7, PR63 Gilt NGC

The obverse is the regular eagle die of the year, and the reverse as well, save that it bears the motto GOD OUR TRUST on a scroll. Struck in copper and gilt with a reeded edge.

The Judd reference notes that copper impressions usually have bronzed surfaces. Copper half dollars and eagles were struck, both with the motto on a scroll as well as directly in the field. The bronzing was effected by pickling of the coins to "produce a minutely etched surface of rich brown color." Both Low Date (Pollock-338) and High Date (Pollock-340) variants exist, each to the extent of perhaps a half-dozen examples.

$8,625.00 (Jan 6, 2009
1885 $10 Ten Dollar, Judd-1755, Pollock-1968
1863 $10 Ten Dollar, Judd-350, Pollock-422, Low R.6
1861 $10 Ten Dollar, Judd-285, Pollock-340, Low R.7
1875 $10 Ten Dollar, Judd-1447, Pollock-1592, R.8, PR65 Gilt NGC

Both obverse and reverse are from the regular gold eagle dies of 1875, but this piece is struck in aluminum, gilt, with a reeded edge. This pattern is doubly rare. Not only is the pattern issue itself rated R.8, with only two or three pieces known, but the eagle on which it is based, and all the other regular-issue gold coins of 1875 with the sole exception of the double eagle, are noted rarities with exceedingly low mintages. Mintages of the copper and silver circulating issues for the year ranged from sufficient to enormous--but the gold coinages are another story altogether.

Of the six gold denominations current in 1875 from the gold dollar through double eagle, one was a proof-only issue of 20 coins, the Indian Princess three dollar gold. Four other gold issues--the gold dollar, quarter eagle, half eagle, and eagle--saw mintages that added up to 1,100 business strikes in toto, plus a sprinkling of 20 proof coins per denomination. In the case of the 1875 business-strike eagle, only 100 business strikes plus 20 proofs were produced. The 1875 eagle is the most legendary and valuable issue in the entire run from 1838 to 1907. Only the business-strike 1875 Liberty Head twenties saw plentiful mintages at three different mints--and again the proof emission was just 20 coins.

Since the regular-issue gold coins of 1875 are so rare, most examples of the Judd-1447 (aluminum) and the Judd-1446 (copper) have been gilted. Pollock comments that this example weighs 41.0 grains, with 180-degree die alignment.

$25,300.00 (Jan 6, 2009
1871 $10 Ten Dollar, Judd-1173, Pollock-1315, High R.7, PR67 Brown NGC
The regular dies for the 1871 Liberty eagle. Struck in copper with a reeded edge. It is believed that about half a dozen of these copper eagles exist, including at least two different examples that are gilt.

$20,700.00 (Jan 6, 2009
1875 $10 Ten Dollar, Judd-1447, Pollock-1592, R.8
Source for information and pictures courtesy of  Heritage Coin Auctions
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