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1907 Wire Rim Ten, MS64
Subtle Color and Bright Mint Luster

1907 $10 Wire Rim MS64 PCGS. Judd-1901, R.3. The so-called Wire Rim ten dollar gold coins are technically patterns, listed as Judd-1774 in that reference. The Guide Book calls them Wire Rim, Periods, to distinguish them from the Rounded Rim, Periods pieces that followed, which are of even greater rarity. The Wire Rim name derives from the high-relief design, the care and medallic force with which the pieces were struck, and the lack of a traditional collar, all of which led to incredibly sharp strikes that nonetheless forced some of the metal up into the space between the collar and the dies during striking. The resultant knifelike, sharp rim is prominent on both sides of the issue. Michael Fuljenz comments further on the strike characteristics and general appearance of the issue in Indian Gold Coins of the 20th Century:

"Most 1907 Wire Edge Eagles are found with such outstanding strikes that their classification as Mint State coins and not as Proofs is sometimes contested. All examples known possess virtually the same appearance of strike overall.

"Although many examples have numerous abrasions and dings from rough handling over the past 100 years, there are many premium pieces that are remarkably well preserved and mark-free. All Indian Head Eagles of this variety display swirl-like die polishing marks in the fields that actually add brightness to the coins.

"The luster on these pieces is almost always extraordinary and is most often described as bright and heavily frosted.

"The natural coloration is a rich yellow-gold but there are also a number that can be found with a beautiful reddish patina."

This is a magnificent Wire Rim ten, one whose surfaces display the usual swirling die polishing marks and subtle reddish patina. There are no obvious or detracting marks on either side, giving the coin the appearance of an even higher grade.(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 26F2, PCGS# 8850)

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The Coinage of Augustus Saint-Gaudens as Illustrated by the Morse and Duckor Collections
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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