Click to enlargeJ1545/P1718

George Morgan's famous liberty head design, previously believed to have been modeled after Anna Williams used as a design for a $10 gold piece. Research by Robert W. Julian places a May to June 1877 timeframe for these.

This design was repeated in 1878 on J1581-J1582/P1774-P1775.

It also inspired the motto placement on J1510-J1511/P1674-P1675.

Unlike the 1878 dated piece, this was struck only in copper. About a dozen are known with at least 4 of them gilt including the illustrated example. Museum specimens include 2 in the Smithsonian, another in the Connecticut State Library and a fourth in the Harry Bass Foundation. The former Eliasberg example, graded PCGS66RB, is the nicest seen.

A reverse hub trial showing just the eagle, struck in lead, P3464 is also known.

Photo courtesy of the National Numismatic Collection of the Smithsonian Institution and is the former Chase Manhattan Bank specimen.