Like the preceding 1909, this piece was also struck in the rare Roman Gold finish. This brighter proofing process was only used in these two years. It is rarely seen and many advanced numismatists have never seen an example of this semi-brilliant variant of matte proofing. The surfaces of this exquisite coin appear to us to be perfect. We cannot locate any bumps, bruises, or abrasions on either side. There are no mentionable mint-made defects either, and in fact, the only ripple in the fabric of this coin that could be used for pedigree purposes is a tiny alloy spot between the R and T in LIBERTY. The brightness of the fields at times verges on semi-prooflike and gives the viewer the a vague suggestion of what this design would have looked like if it had been struck in the more traditional mirror-like manner of striking proofs used in the 19th century.
Unbelievably this coin, for all its perfection of surfaces and superb eye appeal, is actually exceeded in grade by one other coin, an NGC Proof 68. (NGC ID# 26GX, PCGS# 9207)
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