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SERIES: Liberty Head $10 1838-1907
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1838 $10 (Proof)


ex John Jay Pittman
Image courtesy of David Akers
PCGS #:
8770
Diameter:
26.80 millimeters
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
16.70 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
5
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$550,000 • PR63 • 5-1-1998 • David Akers
 
64
1,300,000
65
1,750,000
2
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 3 R-9.8 1 / 2 TIE 8 / 65 TIE
60 or Better 3 R-9.8 1 / 2 TIE 8 / 65 TIE
65 or Better 2 R-9.9 2 / 2 18 / 65 TIE
Condition Census (Explain)
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR65 PCGS grade  
1 PR65 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR65 PCGS grade  
1 PR65 PCGS grade  

David Hall: It is not known how many 1838 proof $10 Liberties were struck but it is known that only three survive today. All three coins are choice to gem quality. The Parmelee-Woodin-Newcomer-Green-Farouk-Pittman specimen sold in the May, 1998 Pittman auction for $550,000.

 


David Akers (1975/88): There are four known proofs, one in the Smithsonian Institution (scratches above the eagle on the reverse), the second in the Eliasberg Collection, a third in the John J. Pittman Collection (Ex-Farouk, Col. Green), and a fourth in a New York Collection (Ex-Cardinal Spellman).