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. As noted in the write-up for the other denominations for this year, the 1909 gold set was sufficiently rare at the time of issue that 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, as previously noted, and the only contact mark we can find with magnification is a small one in the field below star 1 on the obverse. There are a few tiny spots of color scattered about each side, probably the result of impurities in the gold/copper alloy. These are very small and have no effect on the overall attractiveness and beauty of this significant gold proof offering. The current (June) PCGS Population Report shows that only 3 other pieces have been so graded with 2 certified in Proof-66. (NGC ID# 28HF, PCGS# 8891)
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