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Breathtaking Superb Gem 1908 Motto Eagle

1908 $10 Motto MS67 PCGS. Unlike the double eagle issues from Philadelphia in the same year, the 1908 eagle saw only a relative handful of No Motto pieces produced, with over 10 times that number struck for the Motto variant. While the 1908 was not deliberately saved in quantity, its sizable mintage, combined with a quarter-century that allowed the pieces to become collectors' items prior to the gold melts of the Roosevelt Administration, has allowed a number of attractive and pleasingly preserved examples to survive today.
In lesser Mint State grades, the type collector faces the strong temptation of a readily available, though perhaps not eye-catching array of 1926 and 1932 examples. For the connoisseur who wishes to own a piece that is better than Gem, the available populations rapidly dwindle. Pass beyond MS66, and aside from a single 1932-dated Superb Gem, PCGS has graded no examples of either of these otherwise commonly available issues. For an MS67 exemplar, one must turn to the earlier issues in the series, where populations are small but appreciable. The 1908 Philadelphia Motto issue, for example, has four representatives among the 42 Motto eagles that PCGS has awarded a Superb Gem designation (11/07).
The Superb Gem offered here is a coin of astonishing beauty, attentively struck by the standards of the issue with shining canary-gold and butter-yellow surfaces that show faint hints of haze and satin. The obverse is incredibly well-preserved, and while a faint mark appears on the eagle's lower wing, this small flaw is of little consequence. A gorgeous and fascinating representative of this ten dollar gold issue.
From The Madison Collection.(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 28GJ, PCGS# 8859)

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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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