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Extraordinary 1908 Motto Indian Ten Dollar PR66

1908 $10 Motto PR66 NGC. Of the 116 proof Tens struck in this year, all but two have the distinctive dark finish this issue is known for, somewhere between a khaki and olive color. While it is widely recognized that the 1908 is the most "common" date among matte proofs of the classic Indian Eagle design, the number of survivors is not as large as its mintage might suggest. In addition, widespread distribution among non-collectors caused many of the surviving proofs of this date to be impaired, showing nicks, scratches, or shiny spots. Traditional sources state that somewhere between two and three dozen pieces exist today. However, we believe a larger number are extant, somewhere in the range of 45 to 55 coins. One has to closely scrutinize this specimen to find even the most inconsequential blemishes. Population: 8 in 66, 6 finer (4/04). (#8890) (Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 2AME, PCGS# 8890)

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The Coinage of Augustus Saint-Gaudens as Illustrated by the Morse and Duckor Collections
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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