1907 $10 WIRE EDGE
In the opinion of this cataloger (and a great many other numismatists, we suspect), the Indian Eagle is one of the most beautiful coins ever produced by the U.S. Mint. The work of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, this design made its debut in 1907. The original coins produced (500 examples, according to a letter that Henry Chapman wrote to John Garrett in 1908) are the only coins of this type that display Saint-Gaudens's design in its original form. The name of this issue stems from the delicate, knife-like rim that both sides display. This feature is the result of metal being forced between the collar and the dies during striking; the coins were not originally designed with a rim. The wire rim on both sides had the potential to interfere with the ejection process, and it also caused stacking problems. What's more, the lack of a traditional rim made the surfaces very susceptible to abrasions. These considerations explain why the Mint did not adopt Saint-Gaudens's original design for circulation.
From the Peter Crist Collection. (NGC ID# 268B, PCGS# 8850)
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Revised Edition by James L. Halperin, Mark R. Borckardt, Mark Van Winkle, Jon Amato, and Gregory J. Rohan, with special contributor David W. Akers
The Coinage of Augustus Saint-Gaudens is an issue-by-issue examination of these two artistically inspired series of gold coins.
Each date and mintmark is reviewed with up-to-date information, much of which has never been previously published. The book is based on
two extraordinary collections: The Phillip H. Morse collection and the Dr. and Mrs. Steven L. Duckor collection.
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