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1874 Dana Bickford Ten Dollar in Gold
Pattern Coin

PCGS PR65 Deep Cameo
One of Only Two Pieces 

This 1874 Ten Dollar Gold Piece is pattern coin that was produced by the U.S. Mint as a test coin.  It is graded PR65 Deep Cameo by PCGS  and was auctioned by Heritage Auction Galleries on January 6, 2010 for $1,265,000 (including all auction fees). The following is an exerpt from Heritage's website. For a complete description of this pattern coin, please visit 1874 Dana Bickford Ten Dollar in Gold, PR65 Deep Cameo.

The Bickford pattern ten dollar gold piece, known to pattern collectors as Judd-1373, is one of the most celebrated issues in the U.S. pattern series. Only two examples are known, placing the issue at the pinnacle of rarity. Both known examples have been meticulously preserved, and their size, attractive design, and majestic gold composition combine to make them breathtakingly beautiful numismatic patterns. The rich and mysterious history shared by these pieces adds to their irresistible appeal.

The Design
On the obverse, a fresh-faced, youthful Liberty faces left, with her hair tied back and wearing a diadem, ornamented with six stars, reading LIBERTY. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA rings the rim; the date 1874 is below. Liberty has an olive wreath tied around her neck. On the reverse a rope design forms six separate cartouches around the rim. In the center is the Latin word UBIQUE "everywhere," with 16.72 GRAMS 900 FINE in three lines. In the cartouches are the coin's exchange values in various international currencies: DOLLARS 10; STERLING 2.1.1; MARKEN 41.99; KRONEN 37.31; GULDEN 20.73; FRANCS 51.81. Struck in gold, with a reeded edge. The diameter is the same as a twenty dollar, but the planchet is thinner.

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Detailed Coin Specifications

Description1874 Ten Dollar Gold Pattern Coin
Denomination10 Dollars
CountryUnited States
Coinage TypePatterns
Edge TypeReeded

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