Nearly Perfect MS68 1908-D Ten Dollar, Ex: Eliasberg1908-D $10 Motto MS68 PCGS. Ex: Eliasberg. In his 1980 book on ten dollar gold pieces that had been offered at public auction since 1944, David Akers stated that the 1908-D Motto was: "One of the most underrated dates of the Indian Head type." Those words still ring true today. The 1908-D had a mintage of 836,500 pieces, but apparently a substantial portion of the production entered circulation as there are several hundred pieces known today in various circulated grades. There also are a substantial number of Uncirculated coins that have been certified, and like the 1908-S, there are several high grade coins that were set aside at the time of issue.
Of course, at the MS68 level, this piece is among the finest known. In fact, only two other pieces have been so graded, one by PCGS and one by NGC. It is not known if the NGC coin is a resubmission of this piece. At least one other MS68 actually exists. That coin was sold as lot 3007 of the Michaels Collection in January 2004. Judging from the photograph in that auction catalog this piece appears to be significantly finer. The Michaels catalog stated as much: "David Akers states in reference to the coin offered here [the Michaels coin] that 'This is truly an exceptional coin, the likes of which many specialists in this series have never seen unless they are familiar with the Eliasberg coin which sold in 1982.' " [emphasis ours] The Michaels coin brought $86,250.
This is a truly spectacular coin. The surfaces are covered with thick mint frost. Like the Morse coin that we sold in November of last year, this piece also has a fine-grain texture and it displays rich orange-gold and lime green coloration on each side. Examination with a magnifier shows no obvious or mentionable marks on either side of this pristine coin. It is essentially perfect and undoubtedly the finest known 1908-D Motto tens in existence.
Ex: Eliasberg (Bowers and Ruddy, 10/82), lot 848.
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