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Lot 3455

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Type Coin
Title Lot 3455
Date 1868
Side obverse
Grade 64
Service NGC
Service Catalog # 60882
Denomination $10
Description 1868 $10 Ten Dollar, Judd-664, Pollock-739, Low R.7, PR64+ Cameo NGC. CAC. This Liberty Head eagle pattern is an off-metal strike in aluminum with a reeded edge from the regular-issue dies for the year. It is both ironic and serendipitous that two of the largest coins in the complete 16-piece aluminum set, the eagle and double eagle, are among the best-preserved pieces therein as well. The eagle is likely among the rarest of the 1868 aluminum patterns as well, given that NGC and PCGS show only seven grading events between them, including likely duplicates. This piece is characterized by a bold strike over well-preserved surfaces that show much contrast between the field and devices, approaching a Cameo designation. A PR65 PCGS-certified example of this issue appeared in American Numismatic Rarities' January 2006 auction as lot 941, where it brought $13,225. We handled the same piece twice in 2011, where it realized $14,950 in each appearance. Part of a complete 16-piece aluminum proof set. Ex: Treasury Secretary Hugh McCulloch (circa 1868); McCulloch family; Eric Newman; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society. Realized $11750.00. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.

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