1913 $10 PR64 PCGS....
Rare Sandblast Proof
Only Seven Coins Finer at PCGS
The sandblast finish Mehl referred to in the Wilharm description was an innovation the Mint introduced in 1912, because the matte and Roman proofs of previous years had proved so unpopular with the public. The sandblast proofs have a much finer texture than the finishes of earlier years. As Walter Breen said in his 1988 Encyclopedia, this finish displays "millions of sparkling facets under a magnifier." The sandblast proofs have an attractive medallic appearance, with sharply defined devices and evenly textured surfaces. Unfortunately, the sandblast proofs were no more popular than the matte or Roman proofs had been, and the Mint changed finishes again after 1913.
The present coin is a delightful near-Gem, with outstanding eye appeal. All design elements display razor-sharp details, with no areas of incompleteness. The pleasing surfaces exhibit a khaki-gold color, with subtle hints of green on both sides. Only a few minor ticks on the obverse prevent an even higher grade. Population: 6 in 64, 7 finer (2/11).
Ex: FUN Signature Auction (Heritage, 1/2008), lot 3293, realized $40,250.(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 28HH, PCGS# 8895)
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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.
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