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    A Bronzed Pattern of the Elusive 1863 Eagle

    Pattern: 1863 P$10 NGC/CAC Proof 64 BN (J-350, Bronzed)


    The 1863 $10 liberty is scarce in all grades! This bronzed copper pattern was struck with the same dies as the 1863 proof gold eagle, the reverse has the motto "In God We Trust" which was added in 1866. NGC has only graded 3 examples of this particular pattern. Beautiful and sharply detailed with deep brick red-brown color and subtle steely blue undertones framing the design elements.

    Rare Pattern

    1870 J-1019 P$1 PCGS Proof 65 ex: Simpson

    Next Bid: $15,000.00
    Closes: 11D 11H

    One of only three examples of the Judd-1019 known! Struck in aluminum with a plain edge, the obverse features Liberty seated, left (facing) hand grasping a pole with Phrygian cap on top, right hand resting on a globe, conjoined flags behind. The reverse is of the regular design for the Seated dollar. Untoned and bright, this gem offers incredible eye appeal and considerable contrast.

    Struck by General Motors!

    General Motors Pattern: 1967 1c NGC MS62 BN (P-4055, 100% Copper, 4.49 grams)


    Similar to the Pollock-4055 pattern cent, this Pollock-Unlisted cent is believed to be from the experimental roller press that General Motors created for the Mint. This piece is simpler than the Pollock-4055 and is therefore thought to predate it. In the 1960s, there was a coin shortage that caused the U.S. Mint to contract General Motors to create a coin press with the capacity of 10,000 per minute. GM developed a small-scale prototype that was promising enough for the Mint to commission a full-scale press. However, although the press worked as planned, the maintenance required to keep the press running was its downfall. The machine had to be shut down to replace cracked dies, the dies were cracking more often due to the speed and the press and its dies required frequent lubrication, and some of the oil leaked onto the metal strips used for coins, causing an undesirable ripple effect. The only lasting evidence of this press are the prototype coins printed in the press, such as this one.