1909-S $10 MS65 NGC....
The 1909-S gold eagles were produced alongside the famous 1909-S VDB and 1909-S cents in San Francisco, although the third-year mintage of the new Saint-Gaudens design would spur little notice among the collectors focused on the sensational new cents. Neither would the nominal mintage of 292,350 examples of the issue, but examples are conditionally quite rare at the Gem level. NGC and PCGS combined have certified less than two dozen MS65s, with another dozen finer.
This piece is a marvelous original Gem with two-color patina--rich orange-gold alternating with lilac and hazel--that covers most of the obverse high points and the left-side reverse. Generous luster proceeds from well-struck surfaces, and only a small patch of tiny ticks on the Indian's cheek precludes an even finer grade. A super example for a type set or a world-class complete set. Census: 8 in 65, 5 finer (6/10).(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 28GP, PCGS# 8864)
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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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