1908 $10 Motto PR67 NGC....
Seemingly Perfect Surfaces
In addition to its collectibility as the first year of the new Saint-Gaudens type, the 1908 is often considered by specialists to be the most available of the six matte proof issues (setting aside the two Roman Gold years). But this so-called availability does not translate into any significant number of coins. It is merely a way of saying one year is rare and another rarer still. Only 10 other pieces have been certified by NGC at this level with two finer (3/10).
There is little to comment on regarding the surfaces of this coin. They are, simply put, magnificent. We see no shiny spots or interruption in the facets on the matte surface on either side. It would, in fact, be almost impossible to trace the pedigree of this coin as there are no imperfections that we can see, no variation in color, or planchet flaws. It would be interesting and instructive to place this coin side-by-side with one of the two PR68 pieces, cover the grade, and see if informed collectors and dealers could tell the two apart.(Registry values: N10218) (NGC ID# 268E, PCGS# 8890)
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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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