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1914 Eagle $10 PR64 PCGS. A mere 50 proof Tens were produced by the Mint in 1914. Presumably by that time the Mint had grown weary of producing proof gold coins that languished in the vaults and eventually had to be melted. Collectors of the day never appreciated the French-style matte finish, and as the years went by fewer and fewer sets were ordered. Another factor contributing to the extreme rarity of these coins is the buying power they represented. In 1914, the face value of a Ten Dollar gold coin represented more than the weekly wages of a typical New England textile factory worker. It has been variously estimated that as few as 17 pieces exist today of this date, and Akers was only able to uncover 14 appearances in auction over a 40-year period, including duplicates. We believe there may be somewhere between 25 and 35 examples extant today in all grades. This is an exceptionally nice example, and it is sure to be a coin that many will see as a Gem. The reddish-golden surfaces are free from any obvious disturbances. The only flaw we see are a couple of very faint hairlines below the motto on the reverse and a couple of shiny spots on the Indian's headdress. Perhaps this is a good time to note that that this coin, as with all the pieces in this 1914 proof set, are housed in first-generation PCGS holders. This is a fabulous, original 1914 proof set, including gold, being sold as lots 6610 to 6618. (NGC ID# 26YE, PCGS# 8896)

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February, 2002
21st-23rd
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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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