1910-S $10 MS66 PCGS. The 1910-S ten dollar started out with a large mintage of 811,000 pieces. However, unlike many ten an...
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Long before population data was looked to for an indication of scarcity, David Akers wrote in 1988 of the 1910-S:
"Despite its high mintage, the 1910-S is a very rare coin in all Mint State grades. Occasionally a specimen in MS-63 or less is available, but it is a highly unusual occurrence when one better than that comes up for sale. In MS-64 condition, the issue is really very rare, and it is my opinion that only about six to eight true gems exist, if that many."
The Kutasi coin is recognized by specialists as one of the two finest known 1910-S tens. Its only real rival appears to be the Kruthoffer coin, but to our knowledge that coin has not been seen since 1981.
The 1910-S comes in both the satiny and frosted finish. Again, according to Akers "the few really top grade examples of this issue that I have seen have all been much more satiny than frosty." This particular piece has undeniably frosted surfaces with the usual fine-grain finish, a finish that is seen to some degree on all tens from 1908 through 1916. As with all the Kutasi coins, this piece has lovely color. Both sides have a mixture of orange-gold and red-gold patina with a slight bit of lilac interspersed--an obvious sign of originality. The coin is nearly perfect in terms of preservation, with the only (vaguely) noticeable mark placed along the jawline of the Indian.
This is one of the finest if not the finest 1910-S eagles known. As such, it presents the collector with a rare (perhaps unique?) opportunity to acquire this condition rarity in the ultimate Uncirculated grade.
Ex: William Thomas Michaels Collection (Stack's, 1/04), lot 3014; the plate coin in the new The Coinage of Augustus Saint-Gaudens as Illustrated by the Phillip Morse Collection.
From The Kutasi Collection.(Registry values: N1) (NGC ID# 268D, PCGS# 8867)
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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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