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    1911 Indian Eagle, MS68
    Exemplary Surface Quality
    Tied for Finest Known

    1911 $10 MS68 NGC. With a mintage of more than 500,000 pieces, the 1911 Indian eagle is usually available in the absolute sense and can be obtained in Gem condition with little difficulty. Yet, the population thins considerably in higher grades, and David Akers remarks, "Superb Gems are nothing short of rare."

    The present coin is magnificent: one of only four MS68 coins certified (all NGC). A single MS67+ example is the finest at PCGS (12/15). Pinpoint sharpness appears on all design elements. The lower headdress feathers -- in an area that is often seen with incomplete detail -- are fully brought up. The surfaces are light orange-gold with highlights of green and red. Vibrant mint luster adds to the outstanding eye appeal.

    It is rare that any Superb Gem 1911 eagle is offered at auction, but such appearances of one the of the few finest-known MS68 coins is excessively rare. This is only the third public auction appearance that we know of for an MS68 1911. The last such offering was in lot 4547 of Stacks-Bowers' ANA sale (8/2013), where a comparably graded MS68 brought $94,000. The present example is technically equal and aesthetically comparable to that coin in every respect.

    As rare as the 1911 Indian ten is in this remarkable grade, it is one of only a few dates in the entire series that exists so fine in any quantity. It grades superior to every known example of the more widely pursued 1926 and 1932 issues, and, across the entire series and both grading services, only two MS69 coins are finer (12/15).
    Ex: Long Beach Signature (Heritage, 6/2011), lot 4842.(Registry values: N1) (NGC ID# 28GT, PCGS# 8868)

    Weight: 16.72 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper

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

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    February, 2016
    4th-7th Thursday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 23
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
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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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