Auction Name: 2020 November 19 - 22 US Coins Signature Auction
Lot Number: 3174
Shortcut to Lot: HA.com/1321-3174
1869 $10 Ten Dollar, Judd-779, Pollock-864, High R.7, PR65 Brown PCGS. CAC. Ex: Simpson. Date Right. The obverse design is a posthumous one for the year, given that designer James B. Longacre died on January 1. The die was previously used on the Judd-661/3 patterns of 1868 during his lifetime. The figure of Liberty facing left and sporting a coronet inscribed Liberty, but with hair down past her neckline, is reminiscent, despite subtle differences, of the regular-issue three cent nickel obverse of the same era. The reverse is the regular-issue eagle die of the year. Struck in copper with a reeded edge.
This is the "Date Right" die variety with leftmost flag point atop the 1 noticeably right of the forward bust tip. The date is about centered between the rim and bust tip. The "Date Left" variety shows those two points aligned, and the date is lower toward the rim. The present Gem Brown proof shows a pleasing dappled texture, deep reddish-brown with lighter gray and olive highlights scattered throughout. This piece is tied for finest at PCGS and with two others at NGC, all Brown (and likely not all different). We believe only three or four exist of this variety in both variants. This piece is the Judd plate coinin the 10th edition. Population: 2 in 65 Brown, 0 finer (8/20). Collecting Patterns – A Brief History and Commentary