1909 $10 PR66 NGC. Ex: Lisa L. Numismatic lore states the matte or Roman finish proof gold coins of the 1908-1915 era were ...
The Mint tried to appease collectors accustomed to brilliant proofs with a semi-brilliant Roman finish on the 1909 and 1910 gold proofs. It was this Roman finish that Woodin criticized. He preferred sandblast matte proofs, which were used for the final years of proof gold production. The Roman finish pieces are brighter and more satiny than the sandblast proofs, and show intricate design detail better since they are less granular. They are also less distinctive than the sandblast proofs, which cannot be mistaken for business strikes.
This gently shimmering straw-gold Premium Gem is needle-sharp, and is essentially perfect aside from trivial contact beneath the O in OF. A pair of pinpoint strike-throughs of mint origin on Liberty's forehead and beneath her eye are also mentioned for pedigree purposes. UNITED STATES exhibits deceptive strike doubling. An undeniably important high quality offering of this rarely-seen proof issue. Census: 7 in 66, 5 finer (10/06).
From The Dr. Robert J. Loewinger Collection.(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 28HF, PCGS# 8891)
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