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Incredible Superb Gem 1908-D Motto Ten

1908-D $10 Motto MS67 NGC. More than a decade after its printing, arguably the best assessment of the rarity of the 1908-D With Motto ten dollar pieces in high grades comes from David Akers, and his words, reprinted in Heritage's November 2005 auction of the Phillip Morse Collection, bear repeating. He wrote in the catalog for the Thaine Price Collection that "... mintage figures are only a starting point in determining rarity and, in many cases, especially among Twentieth Century gold issues, they can be downright misleading. Most examples of this issue must have gone into circulation because...even in the lowest mint state grades, the 1908-D With Motto is at least worthy of being called 'very scarce.'"
Garrett and Guth second Akers, noting that "Most [1908-D With Motto tens] are boldly struck and show ample luster, but few examples survived that have the unblemished surfaces required for the gem grade." Still, they advise that "For the serious and well-heeled specialist, this date can be obtained."
The occasional opportunity does arise, as the offering of this fantastic Superb Gem demonstrates. Its pale straw-gold surfaces are beautifully lustrous, and the devices are crisp throughout, with the detail on Liberty's hair particularly noteworthy. Even under close scrutiny, this coin does not show any but the most trivial of flaws. A truly remarkable Superb Gem that should find a home in a high-end cabinet. Census: 3 in 67, 1 finer (3/09).(Registry values: N1) (NGC ID# 28GK, PCGS# 8860)

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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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