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Rare, Superb 1909 Matte Proof Ten Dollar

1909 $10 PR67 NGC. An exceptionally rare proof gold coin with only 74 specimens struck in this year of issue. It has been variously reported that between 7-9 and 20 proofs still exist. Akers uncovered only 13 appearances in auction over the decades he surveyed for his work on the series. We believe the number of pieces extant to be somewhat higher and estimate that perhaps 30-45 pieces may still exist.
The matte surface for this year and the next is the enchanting Roman Gold finish. This semi-brilliant proofing process gives the piece a bright, satiny appearance with a pale lemon-gold color, obviously quite different from the traditional matte finish. The 1909 gold set was sufficiently rare at the time of issue. It took Henry Chapman four years to find a set for noted collector Robert Garrett. Roman Gold Tens are very rarely seen today and infrequently appear at major auctions.
The surfaces of this piece are bright and satiny, and as the grade would indicate, and there are no mentionable marks or flaws that might be mentioned as identifiers for future research. A rare opportunity for the gold specialist to purchase one of the most elusive matte proof gold issues of the twentieth century. Population: 3 in 67, 1 finer (12/04).
From The Paul Taylor Collection of Finest Known PCGS Registry Gold Type Sets.(#8891) (Registry values: N10218) (NGC ID# 28HF, PCGS# 8891)

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January, 2005
12th-15th
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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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