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United States, 10 Dollars, 1838


U.S. $10 gold coins (or Eagles) were issued from 1795 to 1804. The Eagle denomination returned in 1838, and reflected the changes in design in the interim. The Liberty cap shown on many early coins was replaced by a coronet or band suggesting a crown, inscribed “LIBERTY.”


Perhaps in keeping with an English tradition to change the orientation of the obverse image to signify a new issue of coins, this Liberty faces to the left instead of to the right.


Legendary Firsts The following objects are in this section.
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Massachusetts, "twenty shillings," 1690Brasher Doubloon, 1787United States, 5 Dollars, 1838
Pewter Continental Dollar, 1776United States, 20 Dollars, 1854United States, 10 Dollars, 1838
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