1913-S $10 MS66 PCGS. The first two sentences from the Garrett-Guth Gold Encyclopedia tell the story of high grade 1913...
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Only 66,000 pieces were produced of the 1913-S and apparently a substantial percentage of that mintage was dropped into circulation as most of the coins known today are in VF to Choice AU condition. Lower-end Uncirculated coins are challenging in the absolute sense with only 100 or so pieces extant today in the MS60-62 grade range. A mere 24 coins have been certified in MS63, and this slight number gives one a sense of the rarity of the 1913-S in even higher grades. Such pieces are rarely seen, and when they available they are highlight coins in whatever auction in which they are offered.
The present specimen was formerly one of two NGC coins graded MS67 maintained in the current population reports and which was last sold by Heritage to John Kutasi via the above-mentioned private sale for $200,000 in April 2005. It is now the sole MS66 example graded by PCGS. It is also important to note that this date was conspicuously absent in Gem grades from other notable ten dollar Indian collections such as Price, Duckor, and Kruthoffer, which had MS63 examples of this key date.
The surfaces show a lovely overlay of light orange-gold color with a mixture of lilac on the reverse. Each side is evenly covered with matte-like granularity with an overlay of soft, frosted mint luster. The only mark of note is a short, shallow check-mark near the rim at 7 o'clock on the obverse.
Once again quoting from the Garrett-Guth reference: "Any Indian Head eagle collection would be truly defined by the presence of both a 1913-S and a 1911-D issue." This is a colossal ten dollar Indian whose condition would be noteworthy even if it were dated 1932. The fact it is one of the rarest and most famous issues of this popular series will make this a coin that will be remembered for many years to come.
Used as the plate coin in The Coinage of Augustus Saint-Gaudens as Illustrated by the Phillip Morse Collection.
From The Kutasi Collection.(Registry values: N1) (NGC ID# 28GZ, PCGS# 8874)
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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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