1907 $10 Wire Rim MS63 PCGS....
"Chief Engraver Charles Barber decided that the initial version would never be suitable for commerce. The first variety of $10 coin had no properly defined rim, made a wobbly stack when the experimental pieces were piled, and required use of a medal press to bring up the design. To remedy these defects, Barber made a new set of hubs and dies from the same set of models as before. But this time, he cut a well defined rim into the hubs."
The Wire Rim tens have been relegated to pattern status, although neither the Wire Rim nor the Rolled Rim that followed it are technically patterns. Again, quoting Burdette, "... they might be more accurately described as special issues and withdrawn production pieces (or production trials)."
This example has lovely reddish-golden and lilac patina interspersed over each side. The grade seems unduly harsh, with the only (not-so-obvious) hairlines over the figure of the Native American and eagle. The always-seen die polishing lines are plainly evident in the fields. The surfaces are remarkably free from post-striking defects on both obverse and reverse, and the devices are sharply struck.(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 268B, PCGS# 8850)
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