[ Coins ] Proof Liberty Eagles 1839/8 $10 Type of 1838 PR67 Ultra Cameo NGC. This is an amazing opportunity for the advanced collector, the connoisseur of early American gold coinage, or the numismatist who appreciates the combination of quality and rarity. This masterpiece is the finest of just three proofs known, and one of just two examples available to collectors. Three additional proofs are known for the 1838 eagle, bringing the total population to six coins for this first design type. One of each date is held by the Smithsonian Institution, and the other four are available to collectors. This specimen is the finest of all six known proofs of this first Liberty Head eagle design. In the Eliasberg catalog, Dave Bowers wrote: The 1839 Large Letters or Type of 1838 eagle has traditionally been one of the most desired issues in the series. Specimens are very elusive in high grades, and in proof grade this piece ranks as one of the most important rarities in the field of American numismatics. A marvelous opportunity for the specialist. Previous Discussions Walter Breen wrote in his Encyclopedia of United States and Colonial Proof Coins: Large Letters, type of 1838. Date low to left, many die file marks near rev. border. (1) Smithsonian, from Mint collection. (2) Parmelee: 1097 to Chapman, Jenks: 5735, John H. Clapp, now in Eliasberg collection. No rumor of a third specimen. A decade later, the same author mentioned the third specimen in his Complete Encyclopedia: East European pvt. coll., 1981, Mark Emory for NERCG, in a proof set including $2 1/2 and $5. In United States Gold Coins, An Analysis of Auction Records, David Akers commented briefly: There are only two known proofs, one in the Smithsonian Institution and the other in the Eliasberg Collection. His 1980 reference was published just a year before the third example was discovered.