1908 $10 Motto PR67 NGC....
Only Two Examples Graded Finer
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, 1909 and 1910). 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 11 other pieces have been certified by NGC at this level with two finer (6/11).
There is little to comment on regarding the surfaces of this coin. They are, simply put, magnificent, and rather light-yellow throughout for an issue that usually is darker. The only visible pedigree identifier is a tiny luster mark below the U in UNITED. It would be interesting and instructive to place this coin side-by-side with the two PR68 pieces, cover the grade, and see if informed collectors and dealers could tell the coins apart.
Ex: Central States Signature (Heritage, 4/2009), lot 2296, which realized $60,375.(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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