1877 Pattern Eagle. Judd-1545, Pollock-1718. Rarity-7-. Copper. Reeded Edge. Proof-66 RB (PCGS). CMQ. OGH.<strong>Obv:</strong> A Liberty head faces left with the date 1877 below and the Latin motto E PLURIBUS UNUM around the border. Liberty is wearing a cap inscribed LIBERTY in incuse letters, and her portrait resembles that which the Mint used on the regular issue Morgan silver dollar beginning in 1878. <strong>Rev:</strong> An eagle with upraised wings clutches a sprig of three leaves in its right talon and a group of three arrows in its left talon. The motto IN GOD WE TRUST is in the field above, expressed in Gothic letters. The legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA is around the border and the denomination TEN DOL. is below. The reverse design is also similar to that of the regular issue Morgan silver dollar. Obverse toned deep reddish-brown with rich gray highlights and traces of iridescent blue and violet. The reverse is similar, with a somewhat greater presence of blue.<p>The year 1877 is magical in terms of numismatics in general and patterns in particular, with the great panorama of half dollars being especially important. However, certain other 1877 patterns were struck as well, including the presently offered piece, a proposal for a $10 gold coin, but known only to have been struck in copper. The <em>uspatterns.com</em> website has confirmed the existence of only 10 examples in all of numismatics, four of which have been gilt and, even more significantly, three of which are permanently impounded in the collections of the Smithsonian Institution and Connecticut State Library. Of those in private hands, the Eliasberg specimen offered here is the finest. Combining several appeals, including rarity and an incomparable provenance, this coin will no doubt attract a great deal of attention as it crosses the block.PCGS# 71889. NGC ID: 2AEV.PCGS Population: 1; 0 finer in any category. There are no examples certified in the RD category at either PCGS or NGC.Ex Clapp; our (Bowers and Merenas) sale of the Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection, May 1996, lot 311; our (Bowers and Merenas) Craig M. Morgan, M.D., Stephen C. Leckar, Columbia and Time Capsule Collections sale, November 1998, lot 631.