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1913 Indian Eagle, PR67
1913 $10 PR67 NGC. Only 71 proof Indian eagles were struck
in 1913, using the same fine sandblast finish of the year before.
Sales of proof sets had declined since the matte proof era began in
1907, because the public favored the old brilliant finish proofs.
Many new coinage designs were introduced in this period, including
the Indian eagle in 1907. The new designs were generally not
suitable for a brilliant finish because they featured high relief
devices and convex fields. The sandblast finish was a modification
of the darker, coarser matte style used in earlier years,
displaying thousands of sparkling facets when the surface is viewed
with magnification. Unfortunately, collectors failed to appreciate
the sandblast proofs any more than they had the matte finish
issues, and the Mint discontinued proof set offerings entirely in
Rare Sandblast Proof
Second-Rarest Date of the Series
The 1913 proof Indian eagle is the second-rarest date of the series in higher grades, outdistancing the lower-mintage 1914 for second-place honors. Only the 1915 proof eagle, the final date of the series, is more elusive in grades above PR65. Experts estimate a surviving population of just 20-35 coins in all grades, and Superb Gem specimens are very rare.
The present coin is a spectacular Superb Gem, displaying the needle-sharp details expected of a sandblast proof on all design elements. The fields are virtually perfect, free of contact marks and shiny spots, with an even honey-gold color on both sides. This coin possesses tremendous eye appeal, with an almost medallic appearance and no visible flaws. Census: 5 in 67, 2 finer (3/11).(Registry values: N10218) (NGC ID# 28HH, PCGS# 8895)
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