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    Elite 1908-S Indian Head Eagle MS66

    1908-S $10 MS66 NGC. The Congressional mandate of 1908 that returned the motto IN GOD WE TRUST to the Ten Dollar gold piece provided an excuse for Charles E. Barber to once again vent his frustrations over the Mint's adoption of an outsider's (Saint-Gaudens) superior design. In addition to adding the motto in the reverse field before the eagle, Barber continued to tinker with minor design elements in a vain effort to improve the striking quality of the denomination. While these inconspicuous alterations did strengthen certain key features, they failed to achieve the Chief Engraver's original goal, and poor impressions would continue to be the norm until the denomination's demise in 1933.
    The 1908-S is one of the early keys among Indian Head Eagles, its mintage of 59,850 pieces being among the stingiest in the series. This outstanding Gem possesses satiny, well frosted, and remarkably smooth surfaces that are as boldly detailed as this issue ever comes. As such, it is among the finest '08-S Tens we have ever had the privilege to offer. Population: 5 in 66, 2 finer (11/03). (#8861) (Registry values: P3, N26000)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 28GL, PCGS# 8861)

    Weight: 16.72 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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    Auction Dates
    January, 2004
    7th-10th Wednesday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 4
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    Saint-Gaudens Double Eagles as Illustrated by the Phillip H. Morse and Steven Duckor Collections
    Revised Edition by Roger Burdette, and edited by James L. Halperin and Mark Van Winkle

    Saint-Gaudens Double Eagles is an issue-by-issue examination of this 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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