1844-O Proof $10 Leaves Louisiana
Posted By Paul Hollis Rare Coins
The unique 1844 proof gold Eagle, on display for
three months at the Louisiana State Museum – Old
U.S. Mint in New Orleans, helped attract a
record of nearly 20,000 visitors during that
time as part of the museum’s re-opening.
The coin was displayed through the courtesy of
its anonymous Florida owner with the help of
Louisiana dealers Paul Hollis of Mandeville and
Chuck Bloomfield of Baton Rouge who arranged for
the homecoming exhibition.
Prior to returning the one-of-a-kind coin to the
collector who paid $1.5 million for it in 2006,
Hollis took the gold piece to Louisiana Governor
Bobby Jindal in Baton Rouge on February 17.
"I wanted the Governor to have the opportunity
to see such an important Louisiana treasure in
person. He loved holding the 1844-O Eagle, and
seemed equally thrilled to get a small handful
of the 2009 Lincoln pennies," said Hollis who
gave away a million Lincoln cents to the public
in Louisiana in February to coincide with
President Lincoln’s bicentennial birthday.
"The big question from Governor Jindal was, ‘So,
what’s this thing worth?’"
A total of 118,700 New Orleans Mint $10 gold
pieces were made for circulation in 1844, but
only one presentation proof Eagle was specially
struck. It is graded NGC Proof-65 Ultra Cameo.
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