There are currently no items available for purchase in this Department. Search our Auction Archives below to find item values.
Lot
9426

MOFFAT $10 TEN DOL.

2001 June Long Beach Signature Sale #263

Sold for: Not Sold
Auction Ended On: Jun 1, 2001
Item Activity: 7 Internet/mail/phone bidders
89 page views
Location: Long Beach, CA
Description:
1849 Moffat Ten--Perhaps a Specimen Strike
1849 $10 Moffat & Co. Ten Dollar, "Ten Dol." MS 62 PCGS. Possible Specimen Striking. K-6a, High R.5. The firm of Moffat & Co. was the most respected private minter in Gold Rush California. Their coins passed at par with regular issue United States coinage; and in fact, when assayed, Moffat gold coins rendered a higher intrinsic value than their face value.
Moffat tens are usually found weakly struck and heavily worn. Liberty's hair detail is always softly defined. Personal inspection of this piece will undoubtedly bring up the question of this piece's special striking status. Was it intended as a specimen? We think it was. Is it a proof in the traditional sense? No.
Close examination reveals that this piece was obviously struck in August 1849, shortly after Moffat & Co. began striking the ten dollar denomination. The design elements are uncommonly bold with full detail present in all areas. To emphasize, that means every hair detail is fully delineated, every feather on the eagle is complete, and every star radial is sharp. Additionally, the fields on both sides are prooflike. However, the coin does not compare to proofs struck by the federal government of the period, and thus we hesitate to call it one. But it is obvious that special care was taken in the production of this piece from both the striking details and reflective fields. One can also infer from its high grade that this coin was specially preserved over the years (therefore specially regarded by its owners), as most Moffat tens are not found in high grades. This is the plate coin in Don Kagin's book Private Gold Coins and Patterns of the United States, page 296. It is easily identifiable as such by a small mark in the left field just out from the nose of Liberty and another small nick in the left obverse field below the chin. (PCGS# 10246)

View large image(s) of this item

Service and Handling Description: (view shipping information)

Sales Tax information  | PCGS Guarantee of Grade and Authenticity  |  Terms and Conditions

Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

Guides and Pricing Information:

Previous Prices from Heritage Auctions
Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
Price Guide
Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
Population Guide
Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
Find Auction Prices for Comparable Items:

Photographs:
Sign-in or Join (free & quick) to see the full image


FLOOR AUCTIONS View All
Open For Bidding
Coming Soon
HERITAGE MEMBERSHIP
910,719
bidder-members
$969,062,352
sold in the last year
VIEW BENEFITS
  1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
  2. Bid online
  3. Free Collector newsletter
  4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
  5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    winnings 
CONSIGNMENTS WANTED
Consign to the 2015 April 8 - 14 CICF World Coins & Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Chicago.
Learn About Consigning With Us
I must say that you exceeded my expectation.
R.Z. ,
Hypoluxo, FL
HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. To compare for yourself, visit: compete.com
Take our 2014 Coin
and Currency Survey
Grand prize:
A Certified Uncirculated
1907 High Relief $20!*
Take the Survey
HERITAGE VIDEO TUTORIAL
GETTING THE MOST OUT OF SEARCH
RECENT AUCTIONS
2014 December 4 - 7 Houston Money Show US Coins Signature Auction - Houston
2014 December 4 - 7 Houston Money Show US Coins Signature Auction - Houston
REALIZED $9,618,753
2014 September 3 - 10 Long Beach Expo World Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach
2014 September 3 - 10 Long Beach Expo World Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach
REALIZED $9,041,265
2014 September 4 - 8 Long Beach Expo World Currency Signature Auction - Long Beach
2014 September 4 - 8 Long Beach Expo World Currency Signature Auction - Long Beach
REALIZED $1,817,724