||1861 $10 Clark, Gruber & Co. Ten Dollar --Obverse Repaired -- NGC Details. Unc. K-7. R.4. Clark, Gruber & Co. was a well-respected and highly successful private mint established in Denver in 1860. The firm was active for only two years, but it produced gold coins of the standard denominations in great numbers during that time. The Treasury acquired the facility in April of 1863 and ran it as an assay office until 1906, when the Denver Mint was opened in a new building. Unlike the 1860 Clark, Gruber & Co. ten dollar gold piece, which featured an artist's conception of Pike's Peak on the obverse, the 1861 issue closely resembled the federal Liberty eagles in design. The coronet was inscribed PIKES PEAK instead of LIBERTY, and the reverse legend spelled out S CLARK GRUBER & CO. DENVER S TEN D., but the central design elements were obviously modeled after the government issue. This coin offers vivid orange and peach-gold surfaces that show signs of smoothing on the obverse. The well-detailed design elements show a touch of softness on the eagle's claws and stem, areas that are always incomplete on this issue. The overall presentation remains quite attractive. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $7637.50. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.