1911-D $10 MS64 NGC....
An Absolute and Condition Rarity
According to the Garrett-Guth reference (2006), David Akers considers the Norweb specimen to be the finest known 1911-D ten. Here's how that coin was described by Bowers & Merena when it crossed the auction block in March 1988:
"MS-65. A gem specimen of the lowest mintage issue in the Indian Head eagle series of the 1908 to 1933 With Motto style. Relatively few Uncirculated pieces are known, and of those that are known, few can match this. A splendid coin which should attract wide bidding attention. From B. Max Mehl on January 30, 1954."
The cataloger's suggestion that the Gem 1911-D "should attract wide bidding attention" was an understatement. It was the only coin in the sale--out of 1,269 lots--to break the six-figure price barrier when it realized $132,000; a staggering amount at that time. Ironically, the coin received little attention, being afforded a quarter page of space, whereas lesser lots received full page treatment.
While this coin is not quite of the same caliber as the Norweb specimen, it is as close as one could ever hope to get. The surfaces show coarse granularity and are overlaid with pleasing reddish-golden satiny luster that shows occasional accents of lilac. Well impressed for the issue with strong definition at the juncture of the eagle's wing and breast, which is usually found weak. The only mark of note is located just below Liberty's eye. An attractive, upper-end example of this rare, series-key issue in the ten dollar Indian series.(Registry values: N7079) (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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