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1875 Liberty Eagle, AU50
Classic Gold Rarity
Only 100 Pieces Struck

1875 $10 AU50 PCGS. The 1875 Liberty eagle is a well-known -- some might even say legendary -- rarity in the ten dollar Coronet series. It is so rare that few collectors or dealers have ever seen one. Only 100 business strikes were originally produced plus 20 proofs. Although David Akers estimated only five or six business-strike examples survive in all grades, our roster below includes 15 different coins. Some pieces may actually be circulated proofs. The roster below was compiled with the help of numismatic researchers Wayne Burt and Saul Teichman.

The fields of this lightly circulated example still retain a significant amount of reflectivity around the devices. A planchet flake is seen on the upper portion of Liberty's neck and is mostly surrounded by a deeper coppery patina. The surfaces show the usual number of small abrasions and handling marks one expects from any coin that has seen 10 points of wear. The only mark of any significance is in the upper left obverse field, extending downward from the juncture of Liberty's forecurl and the bottom of the coronet. Rich red and lilac coloration is seen over each side. An extremely rare opportunity to acquire this seldom-seen 19th century gold issue. Population: 2 in 50, 2 finer (1/14).

Roster of 1875 Liberty Eagles
1. AU55 NGC. Richmond Collection, Part I (David Lawrence Rare Coins, 7/2004), lot 2102.
2. AU53 NGC. Margene Heathgate Collection (Superior, 6/1997), lot 1541; Atlanta Signature (Heritage, 8/2001), lot 7904; ANA Auction (Stack's Bowers, 8/2011), lot 7732, realized $345,000.
3. AU53 NGC. Alto Collection (Stack's, 12/1970), lot 356; Harry W. Bass, Jr.; Bass Collection, Part II (Bowers and Merena, 10/1999), lot 1551; Jeff Garrett; Philadelphia Signature (Heritage, 8/2000), lot 7338; Pre-Long Beach Sale (Superior, 5/2001), lot 4139; Internet Only Auction (Heritage, 4/2002), lot 11458; Old Roswell Mill Collection; offered by John Hamrick in April 2008 at $150,000; David Hall (Ellen D Collection); Simpson Collection via Legend Numismatics in May 2011.
4. AU50 PCGS. Four Landmark Collections (Bowers and Merena, 3/1989), lot 700; Long Beach Signature (Heritage, 10/1995), lot 6376; Boys Town and Mamiye Collections (Bowers and Merena, 3/1998), lot 2207; Baltimore Signature (Heritage, 7/2003), lot 10450; FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2004), lot 2201; the present coin.
5. XF45. Possibly Louis Eliasberg, Sr.; H.R. Lee Collection (Stack's, 10/1947), lot 1530; James A. Stack; James Stack Collection (Stack's, 3/1995), lot 610.
6. XF45. St. Louis ANA Auction (New England Rare Coin Galleries, 7/1979), lot 313.
7. XF40. possibly Col. E.H.R. Green; Dr. Charles W. Green Collection (B. Max Mehl, 4/1949), lot 547; Davis-Graves Collection (Stack's, 4/1954), lot 955; Edwards Metcalf; Gilhousen Collection, Part I (Superior, 2/1973), lot 712;
Jeff Browning; Dallas Bank Collection (Sotheby's-Stack's, 10/2001), lot 474; Doug Winter; southern collection.
8. XF40. James and Margaret Carter Collection (Stack's, 1/1986), lot 270; Public Auction Sale (Stack's, 10/1988), lot 126; ANA Signature (Heritage, 7/1997), lot 5510.
9. VF35 PCGS. Public Auction (Robert A. Siegel, 11/1984); Mid-American Rare Coins, 5/1992), lot 395; Dr. Jon Kardatzke Collection (Goldberg, 6/2000), lot 1539; FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2006), lot 3536.
10. VF30 PCGS. Long Beach Signature (Heritage, 6/1997), lot 5548; ANA Signature (Heritage, 8/1998), lot 7771.
11. VF30 PCGS. Cornerstone Sale (Mid-American Rare Coins, 8/1991), lot 758; Long Beach Signature (Heritage, 2/1994), lot 5441; FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/1998), lot 7966; June Auction (Superior, 6/1998), lot 2298.
12. VG. William Cutler Atwater Collection (B. Max Mehl, 6/1946), lot 1453; Amon Carter, Sr.; Amon Carter, Jr.; Amon Carter Collection (Stack's, 1/1984), lot 772; Auction '87 (Superior, 8/1987), lot 1946.
13. G-VG. Jacob Shapiro, a.k.a. J.F. Bell; J.F. Bell Collection (RARCOA, 4/1963), lot 392.
14. Good. Charles Williams; Adolphe Menjou Collection (Numismatic Gallery, 6/1950), lot 1616.
15. XF45. Possibly Jacob Shapiro, a.k.a. J.F. Bell; J.F. Bell Collection (Stack's, 12/1944), lot 639; Clifford T. Weihman; Josiah K. Lilly; Smithsonian Institution.

Additional Appearances
A. XF40. 1992 GNA Sale (Mid-American Rare Coins, 5/1992), lot 1435, catalog not available for comparison.
B. Fine, formerly mounted. R.L. Wilson Sale (Stack's, 10/1959), lot 1111; Golden Sale (Kreisberg-Schulman, 3/1962), lot 2678.
C. Extremely Fine, prooflike. Sale 416 (Morgenthau, 6/1940), lot 145.
From Christopher Bently's Nob Hill Collection.(Registry values: N10218) (NGC ID# 54UH, PCGS# 8672)


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