1838 LIBERTY $10, NO MOTTO, COV. EAR AU50
NICE LUSTER. FIRST YEAR OF ISSUE. ONLY 7,200 STRUCK.
In 1838, Alfred Vail demonstrated a telegraph using dots and dashes in a system that would evolve into Morse code. Vail became the partner of Samuel Morse in 1837 and would go on to vastly improve on Morse’s designs as well as simplifying the code Morse was developing. When Morse sent the first telegram in 1844 with the message, “What hath God wrought?” it was Vail on the other end that receive it. Could this 1838 eagle have been present when the largely forgotten inventor translated the first message sent with a telegraph?