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1875 Ten Dollar in Gilt Aluminum
1875 $10 Ten Dollar, Judd-1447 Gilt, Pollock-1592, R.8, PR64+
PCGS. Ex: Simpson. Both obverse and reverse are from the
regular gold eagle dies of 1875, but this piece is struck in
aluminum, gilt, with a reeded edge. This pattern is doubly rare.
Not only is the pattern issue itself rated R.8, with only two or
three pieces known, but the eagle on which it is based, and all the
other regular-issue gold coins of 1875 with the sole exception of
the double eagle, are noted rarities with exceedingly low mintages.
Mintages of the copper and silver circulating issues for the year
ranged from sufficient to enormous -- but the gold coinages are
another story altogether.
Of the six gold denominations current in 1875 from the gold dollar through double eagle, one was a proof-only issue of 20 coins, the three dollar gold. Four other gold issues -- the gold dollar, quarter eagle, half eagle, and eagle -- saw mintages that added up to 1,100 business strikes, plus a sprinkling of 20 proof coins per denomination. In the case of the 1875 business-strike eagle, only 100 business strikes plus 20 proofs were produced. The 1875 eagle is the most legendary and valuable issue in the entire run from 1838 to 1907. The surfaces are bright overall and nicely mirrored, undoubtedly from the underlying aluminum. We do not see any breaks in the gilt, and we also do not see any of the often-encountered planchet problems seen on aluminum patterns.
Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 535142)
Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.
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