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1909 $10

1998 September Long Beach Sale #192

 
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"Roman Gold" 1909 Proof Ten
1909 PR 64 NGC. Ex: Trompeter. An exceptionally rare proof gold coin with only 74 specimens struck. It has been variously reported that between 7-9 and 20 proofs may still exist of this year. 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. Roman Gold tens are very rarely seen today and infrequently appear at major auctions. The surfaces of this piece are satiny and minutely granular and much lighter in hue than the preceding or following coins. This piece is identifiable by a minute spot in the left obverse field in line with the eyebrow. The reverse shows a sharp wire rim encircling the entire side. When closely examined one notices a few light hairlines which account for the less-than-gem grade. Population: 17 in 64, only 8 finer (7/98). (NGC ID# 28HF, PCGS# 8891)

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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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