1877-S LIBERTY $10, MOTTO AU58
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1877-S LIBERTY HEAD - TYPE 3 $10
In 1877, New York University and Manhattan College squared off in the first ever intercollegiate lacrosse game. Lacrosse, it is thought, was first developed by the Iroquois people of North America as early as 1100 AD. Lacrosse, like many other sports, originally was a form of symbolic warfare. This 1877 eagle recalls a momentous year in the long history of lacrosse.
An order from Treasury Secretary Salmon P. Chase and a clause in the Act of March 3, 1865 sufficed to mandate inclusion of the motto IN GOD WE TRUST on the large silver and gold denominations beginning in 1866. Chase approved James Barton Longacre's simple scroll design, which duly took its place on the reverse of the Liberty Eagle that year. (The San Francisco Mint's 1866-dated delivery is divided between No Motto and Motto pieces, but that of the Philadelphia Mint includes only coins of the new design.) With this addition, the Liberty Eagle would remain unchanged until eclipsed by Augustus Saint-Gaudens' Indian Eagle in 1907. There are many scarce or rare issues in this series, particularly the P-mint deliveries of 1866-1877, those struck in the Carson City Mint from 1870-1879, the 1879-O and the 1883-O. Virtually all deliveries are conditionally challenging and difficult to locate above the MS-62 level, if they are obtainable in Mint State at all.