1907 $10 Wire Rim MS65 PCGS....
Original, Subtly Patinated Surfaces
The reverse was almost a complete lift from the special 1905 Roosevelt Inaugural Medal. The eagle on the reverse was based on the ancient Egyptian Ptolemaic eagle. That medal gives equal billing to both Saint-Gaudens and Adolph Weinman (who actually designed the reverse of the medal). The same Ptolemaic eagle was then transferred to the reverse of the ten dollar gold piece, again with only minor modifications.
The surfaces on this piece are worthy of close examination. The original bright yellow-gold has taken on subtle accents of rose and lilac that one sees when the coin is closely examined. The brightness mentioned was created by the swirling die polish lines, an inherent part of the finish on all Wire Rim tens. There are no singularly mentionable contact marks on either side of this Gem, just a few tiny, undistracting abrasions.(Registry values: N7079) (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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