1852 $10 Wass, Molitor & Co. Wide Date Small Head PCGS XF40
1852 $10 Wass Molitor Ten Dollar, Small Head (“SH”) PCGS XF40. K-3, R.7. This is a very rare variety at all grade levels. The reverse die for this elusive Wass, Molitor piece was purchased in late 1851 from Dubosq & Co., where it had been used to strike an 1850 ten dollar issue. The obverse design resembles that of the regular U.S. Liberty Head gold eagle, except that the inscription on Liberty’s crown reads: “W.M. & Co.” This piece is typically softly struck, as always, with honey-gold coloration and scattered small abrasions on each side. Apparently from the shipwreck S.S. Central America but the original gold foil holder has been replaced some time ago.