1912 $10 PR66 NGC. Among proof Indian eagles, several dates have lower mintages than this issue with its production of 83 c...
Upon initial inspection, the surfaces exhibit the typical yellow sheen of all matte proofs of this date, created by countless tiny facets that disperse the light. Magnification clearly shows the nature of this matte or sandblast finish. Walter Breen said this: "Proofs have fine sandblast finish, showing millions of sparkling facets under a magnifier." Of course, this was more of a broad general statement, for we doubt that anyone has or will ever take it upon themselves to try counting these individual sparkling facets. The only blemish to the surfaces that can be seen without magnification is a small tear drop mark in the left reverse field, which we believe to be a planchet defect that was present when this coin was struck, (Registry values: N10218) (NGC ID# 26YD, PCGS# 8894)
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