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Extremely Rare 1885 Aluminum Eagle
Judd-1755, PR66, One of Two Known

1885 $10 Ten Dollar, Judd-1755, Pollock-1968, R.8, PR66 NGC. Struck from regular issue 1885 eagle dies in aluminum with a reeded edge. Examples of the other gold denominations of 1885 are also known in aluminum, likely made for presentation purposes, or perhaps on special order from collectors of the day.
It is thought that the present piece is one of just two known aluminum examples that still exist today, although Andrew Pollock lists three pieces in his pattern reference. This example, which has appeared in three previous Heritage auctions, is from the King of Siam sale (Bowers and Merena, 10/1987, lot 2259), and Auction '88 (Superior, 10/1988, lot 293). Pollock also recorded an example that appeared in the 1976 ANA sale (Stack's, 8/1976, lot 3693), and one that appeared in the King Farouk sale (Sotheby's, 2/1954, lot 2014). The Farouk specimen is likely the same as either this piece or the 1976 ANA coin.
This Premium Gem proof is lightly and irregularly toned in pale tan that is most readily evident over the right reverse. The devices are fully brought up in all areas. It is identifiable by a fully retained mint lamination over star 12. In addition to this coin, NGC has also certified a PR64 Cameo and a PR65 Cameo. Both cameo examples probably represent just one coin. Census: 1 in PR66, none finer (2/09).
Ex: King of Siam Sale (Bowers and Merena, 10/1987), lot 2259; Auction '88 (Superior, 10/1988), lot 293; Heritage (6/2002), lot 7178; Heritage (11/2003), lot 11247; Heritage (1/2004), lot 2264.
From The Joseph C. Thomas Collection. (NGC ID# 2ALZ, PCGS# 62198)

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