1911-D $10 MS63 PCGS....
Garrett and Guth (2006) make the following observations about this issue:
"The low mintage combined with the dismal survival rate leaves collectors with very few to choose from. David Akers notes that the finest example known is the Norweb coin, which currently resides in an Eastern collection. All Indian Head eagle collections are judged to some degree on the quality of the 1911-D issue.
The '11-D is especially challenging for collectors of Mint State specimens. PCGS and NGC have graded only 118 Mint State pieces each (an interesting coincidence), as of (11/08). Of those 236 coins, however, only 61 have been certified at levels greater than MS62, with 32 designated as MS63, and a mere 29 examples finer. According to the authors of The Coinage of Augustus Saint-Gaudens (Ivy Press, 2006), one reason for the lack of availability of Mint State examples is that "almost all of the freshly struck coins were dispersed quickly into circulation, with few held back by collectors."
This is an original example of this scarce issue. The surfaces are satiny with mildly variegated orange-gold patina on each side. A few light field marks explain the grade. This is a rare opportunity to acquire this key date and major condition rarity in the ten dollar Indian Head series.
From The Jim O'Neal Collection of Saint-Gaudens Eagles.(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 28GU, PCGS# 8869)
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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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