1875 $10 Sailor Head Ten Dollar, Judd-1443, Pollock-1587, R.8, PR64 NGC. Ex: Trompeter. The January 1883 issue of the Ame...
Bid InformationFor your convenience, the bid information on this page automatically refreshes with the most up to date data so you don't have to refresh/reload this page.
Minimum Next BidBid increments determine the lowest amount you may bid on a particular lot. Normally, bids must be at least one bidding increment over the Current Bid. However, podium, fax, phone and mail bidders submit bids at various times without knowing the current bid and must be on-increment or at a half increment (called a Cut Bid). Any podium, fax, phone, or mail bids that do not conform to a full or half increment will be rounded up or down to the nearest full or half increment.
Internet bids are required only to bid the increment past the Current Bid, or more. Internet bids greater than one increment over the Current Bid can be any whole dollar amount.
It is possible under several circumstances for winning bids to be between increments. It is also possible for an existing bid to be outbid by less than a full increment, sometimes by only $1. This usually happens when two bidders feel that a lot is worth about the same amount, but one places an off-increment bid. Generally when this happens, the Current Bid was much lower than the high secret maximum bid when the off-increment bidder placed his bid.
For example: On Tuesday, you bid $1500 against Bidder A's Maximum Bid of $1000, raising Current Bid to $1100. Then on Thursday, Bidder B, seeing a Current Bid of $1100, guesses the final price and decides to bid $1501, outbidding your Maximum Bid by $1. You would now have to bid $1600 through Heritage Internet bidding or $1550 on Heritage Live (if available for the auction) to possibly win that lot. Next time, maybe you'll bid $1502 and outbid Bidder B by $1!
Number of BiddersThis number represents the number of individual bidders prior to the close of Internet bidding on each lot. An individual who bids more than once is still counted only once. During the live session, only the winning bidder is included in this number, although detailed records are kept of all forms of bids.
Although many lots will not get reserves, this signifies that we have not yet posted any reserves to this entire auction. Reserves are usually posted approximately 3 days prior to the closing for Internet-only auctions, and approximately 7 days prior to the live session for Signature auctions. At that point, any unmet Reserve will become both the price shown (with an asterisk) and the Minimum Next Bid, regardless of any previous bids.
Although the consignor's agreement allows a reserve on this lot, the deadline for submitting such a reserve has elapsed. If consignor submits a reserve post-deadline and the item fails to meet that reserve, we may charge the consignor a higher reserve fee.
This lot is being sold without a consignor reserve. (Note: By law, consignors may still bid under certain conditions, but they are responsible for paying the full Buyer's Premium and Seller's Commission if they do.)
A reserve has been posted on this lot, but no bids have met the reserve. The current bid has been set to the reserve amount, and the next bid will meet the reserve.
Reserves have been posted for this auction, and there is a reserve on this lot that has already been met.
Lots bearing estimates and without Consignor Reserve shall open at Auctioneer's discretion (usually 25% to 60% of the low estimate).
What's This?The owner of this item has indicated that they would sell this item at the amount, although their acceptance of your offer is required before the item can be purchased.
BP - Buyer's Premium per LotA Buyer's Premium will be added to each successful bid. For this sale: 15% of the successful bid (minimum $9) per lot. Please see #2 in our Terms & Conditions.
Not SoldThis indicates an item that did not sell at auction because it did not receive bids equal to or greater than the reserve (minimum bid) amount set by the consignor, or the opening bid.
Opening Bid:Lots bearing estimates and without Consignor Reserve shall open at Auctioneer's discretion (usually 25% to 60% of the low estimate).
Extended Payment Plan
Available on select items as noted on the item page in the bidding area.
- Minimum invoice total is $2,500.
- Subject to a refundable 3% set-up fee, which will be paid as part of your 1st monthly installment. This fee will be refundable upon completion of the plan if the following conditions are satisfied:
- There is no penalty for paying off early.
- Non-dealers only
- With pre-approved credit application
- Get pre-approved by filling out a credit application.
- Bid normally and win some lots.
- When you get your electronic invoice, select "other" from the payment options.
Note: This offer may not be available on some items.
Terms and Conditions
Extended Payment Plan for Heritage Owned Inventory Items(excludes Virtual Bourse, Comic Market and Virtual Sports Show)
- Minimum invoice total is $2,000.
- Minimum down payment is 20%.
- There is no penalty for paying off early.
- Non-dealers only
SMS Alerts- Receive a text message approximately 35 lots ahead of your item being up for bidding at auction, with a link to bid in Heritage Live in the text message. Haven't registered? Visit MyProfile to sign-up for free by entering your mobile number. The green icon indicates Live Bidding Text Alerts are on for that lot. Live Bidding Text Alerts are only available for lots in live sessions.
When Dr. John Wilkison was asked if he considered his collection of gold patterns as an investment also, he answered: "It was both, although my primary motive was to collect something that no one else had." It took Dr. Wilkison thirty years to assemble such a collection, but when it was time to sell he had a collection of 47 United States gold patterns, 35 of them different. As anyone who has been involved in U.S. coins for any length of time knows, it is not a simple matter to "collect something that no one else has." Sets of regular Federal coinage all have key issues that are expensive, but with diligence these coins can be located and the set completed. For a real challenge one needs to veer off the beaten path. Some collectors turn to Civil War tokens, others to obsolete paper money. Dr. Wilkison found his challenge in a decades-long pursuit of gold patterns.
There are two examples, and only two examples, known of Judd-1443. This particular coin was owned by the beer magnate, Virgil Brand, and then it sold out of Brand's estate to William Woodin. Since Waldo Newcomer was Woodin's best customer, it is likely he bought the piece when Woodin's holdings were dispersed. It then passed to Fred Boyd, and Dr. Judd purchased this specimen when Boyd's pattern holdings were sold in the early 1940s. Dr. Wilkison obtained the coin in 1962 along with 20 other gold patterns in exchange for a nearly complete run of gold proof sets from 1858 through 1899, lacking only the 1858 eagle, all the 1875 gold coins, and the 1883 and 1884 double eagles. Apparently, the two Sailor Head patterns were broken up as a set sometime after Paramount bought all of Dr. Wilkison's gold patterns, and they were not reunited again for 11 years until both appeared in Paramount's session of Auction '84. Curiously, the second example of the Judd-1443 has not been seen since the Farouk Sale of 1954. After 51 years, one has to wonder if that coin still exists. It represents a great amount of value to continue to stay off the market. Or could it be in a dusty closet like the Walton 1913 Liberty nickel, unrecognized and unappreciated for its numismatic importance?
Like the half eagle in the previous lot, William Barber's Sailor Head design faces left, surrounded by 13 stars, the date below. The reverse features the same eagle as seen on the twenty cent piece and Trade dollar, a scroll below with IN GOD WE TRUST in raised letters, E PLURIBUS UNUM above, and surrounded at top and bottom by UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and TEN DOLLARS. Struck in gold with a reeded edge. The fields are deeply reflective with the same light frost on the devices that is seen on the half eagle. A few light hairlines are seen in the fields when closely examined, but there are no mentionable surface defects. Identifiable as the Wilkison piece by several shiny spots on the denticles on the lower reverse, and a light streak of golden-brown patina above the eagle's head. There are also two tiny lint marks, one on each side of the hair ribbon closest to Liberty's head. A magnificent gold pattern, and a singular opportunity to acquire this important piece of 19th century gold.
Ex: William Woodin; F.C.C. Boyd; Dr. J.H. Judd; Abe Kosoff, 1962, Illustrated History, lot 480; Dr. Wilkison, 1973; Paramount, 1976; A-Mark, 1978; Paramount, 1979; Akers' plate coin; Auction '84 (Paramount's session, 7/84), lot 536, in set with $5 Judd-1438, where the pair realized $83,600; Ed Trompeter.
The sale of this pattern is contingent upon the sale of the Judd-1438. The two pieces must realize in excess of $600,000 for the pair; otherwise, both pieces will be returned to the consignor. (PCGS# 61751)
Service and Handling Description: Coin/Currency (view shipping information)