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United States, 10 Dollars, 1838


Eagles, familiar design features on American coins, fall into two broad categories of style: the naturalistic eagle and the heraldic eagle. The heraldic eagle shown here grasps an olive branch and arrows, symbolizing both America’s desire for peace and its capability for war. A good example of the naturalistic eagle is the reverse of the 1794 copper pattern for the dollar.


The “TEN D.” denomination indication is a new feature on this version of the coin.


Legendary Firsts The following objects are in this section.
Massachusetts Pine Tree Shilling, "1652" (struck 1667-1674)First United States Silver Dollar, 1794Great Britain, Sovereign, 1838
Massachusetts, "twenty shillings," 1690Brasher Doubloon, 1787United States, 5 Dollars, 1838
Pewter Continental Dollar, 1776United States, 20 Dollars, 1854United States, 10 Dollars, 1838
Copper Pattern Dollar, 1794Portrait Medal of James Smithson, 1817 
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