1915-S $10 MS65 PCGS. The 1915-S is an absolute as well as a condition rarity in the ten dollar Indian series. Only 59,000 ...
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The new The Coinage of Augustus Saint-Gaudens as Illustrated by the Morse Collection mentions a couple of the finest examples of this issue that are known, and indicates the price levels the 1915-S can attain when conditions are right: "The finest example certified to date is an NGC MS67, a coin that has not been offered at public auction (at that grade) that we are aware of. The two 1915-S tens that have realized the highest price at public auction were both sold in 1989. Superior sold a PCGS MS65 that brought $198,000, and Heritage sold a PCGS MS66 later that same year, but after the 1989 investor-crazed market had softened. The latter coin realized $192,500."
This is a particularly clean and attractive example. It is also a coin that has been an integral part of three major collections of ten Indians. The surfaces have pronounced granularity (not always the case on 1915-S tens) with satiny mint luster. Both sides exhibit lovely reddish-gold color with occasional flecks of lilac interspersed. The only identifiers that can be reliably used for pedigree purposes are a short horizontal mark below the eye on the obverse, and a small alloy stain at 5 o'clock on that same side.
Ex: Thaine Price Collection (Akers, 5/98), lot 65; William Michael Thomas (Stack's, 1/04), lot 3026.
From The Kutasi Collection.(Registry values: N10218) (NGC ID# 28H6, PCGS# 8879)
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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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