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    1910-S Half Eagle, Frosty MS65
    Condition Census Rarity
    Few Ever Offered in This Lofty Grade

    1910-S $5 MS65 PCGS Secure. Despite an unsuspecting mintage of more than 770,000 pieces, the 1910-S Indian half eagle is among the scarcer issues in the series in Mint State, and the typical Uncirculated coin grades no finer than MS62. In MS63 or better grades, the 1910-S five is a rarity, and in Gem or finer condition, only eight pieces are reportedly certified with room in that figure for one or two resubmissions. Our Permanent Auction Archives show only five previous appearances of a Gem-graded example and none finer. The last MS65 PCGS coin that we handled was more than a decade ago in our San Francisco ANA Signature sale (Heritage, 7/2005), lot 10367, where it realized $49,450. More recently, an MS65+ PCGS CAC coin, offered by Goldberg's (6/2016), lot 1593, realized more than $123,000. There have been no other Gem examples sold at auction in the last decade and a half.

    This is an issue for which demand far surpasses the supply of Gem-quality survivors. The present coin is a landmark offering and an important Registry Set acquisition. Both the current (Simpson) and the all-time finest (Jim O'Neal) PCGS Registry Sets lack or lacked this issue in Gem condition. This does not speak to an inability to afford a piece in this grade but rather an inability to find an example for sale. Only the Duckor and Price collections are listed in the all-time finest top five as having contained Condition Census 1910-S half eagles.

    This PCGS Secure Gem offers the active Registry Set assembler the chance to mark his or her place in numismatic history by acquiring one of the premier condition rarities in the series and advancing toward the goal of completing a date and mintmark set that ranks as the finest of all time. This coin's sharp strike, frosty rose-gold luster, and impressively clean fields combine to deliver eye appeal worthy of only the finest collection. This is a coin that just begs to be admired over and over again, both for its rarity and it aesthetic appeal. Population: 6 in 65 (1 in 65+), 1 finer (9/16).(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 28DN, PCGS# 8519)

    Weight: 8.36 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


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

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    Oct-Nov, 2016
    31st-2nd Monday-Wednesday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 10
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