1909-D Ten Dollar, Rare MS66
1909-D $10 MS66 PCGS. Ex: O'Neal. The 1909-D is one of the
scarcer issues among early ten dollar Indians and is much more
challenging than its mintage of 121,540 pieces would seem to
indicate. David Akers contends in A Handbook of 20th-Century
United States Gold Coins that it is one of the most underrated
issues in the series and is actually one of the rarest in an
absolute sense. "Even in MS60 this issue is very rare and in MS63
or MS64 condition, it can be located only with great difficulty,"
Few Known So Fine
Ex: Morse, O'Neal
In Gem and better condition the 1909-D is extremely rare. PCGS and NGC combined have certified only nine examples in MS65. Another seven coins have earned the Premium Gem level of preservation, and a mere three pieces are classified as MS67 or MS67+. Neither service has certified any specimen finer. Moreover, our records indicate that the '09-D in these higher Mint State grades has appeared in major auction sales fewer than 30 times within the past 15 to 20 years.
In his May 1998 catalog of the Thaine Price Collection, Akers writes that a number of 1909-D ten dollar coins that were not previously known to the numismatic community have come onto the market in recent years. He goes on to say that most of these are of minimal Uncirculated quality, with only a few even reaching the Choice level.
The current MS66 coin has a satiny appearance and yields pleasing, glowing luster and evenly distributed honey-gold color. The design elements are sharply impressed, with resultant excellent definition in the feathers on the headdress and on the eagle. The mintmark is located opposite the arrow points and is broad. The surfaces on both sides are well preserved and display just a couple of minute marks -- on the Indian's cheek and another in the right (facing) reverse field. A small planchet void is located below and to the right of IN GOD WE TRUST, and will serve, along with the previously mentioned unobtrusive contact marks, as a pedigree identifier. Population: 4 in 66, 2 finer (2/17).
Ex: Phillip H. Morse Collection of Saint-Gaudens Coinage (Heritage Auction Galleries, 11/2005), lot 6506; The Jim O'Neal Collection of Saint-Gaudens Eagles (Heritage, 1/2009), lot 3509; FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2010), lot 2236.(Registry values: N10218) (NGC ID# 28GN, PCGS# 8863)
Weight: 16.72 grams
Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
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