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    1909 Indian Eagle, Extraordinary PR67
    Among the Finest of This 'Roman Finish' Proof Date

    1909 $10 PR67 NGC. Satiny luster and rich scenic orange surfaces are the characteristics of this Roman finish gold piece. As expected, the surfaces are pristine, and the eye appeal is extraordinary. The depth of the strike gives this piece a medallic appearance that will appeal to any collector of American gold coinage.

    There was a time shortly after these coins were minted that some collectors objected to them. They were accustomed to the earlier brilliant proof pieces and failed to understand that the Saint-Gaudens and Pratt designs were unsuited for a brilliant, mirrored finish. William Woodin, for example, wrote to Assistant Treasury Secretary Abram Piatt Andrew that the earlier (matte) finish was most acceptable, and that the new Roman finish was unacceptable. In his August 19, 1910 letter to Andrew, he wrote:

    "I am surprised at the statement that the dull finish of the gold proof coins was objected to by many collectors. If any collectors objected to this finish it was because they did not understand that the St. Gaudens [sic] designs are not adapted to the production of polished proofs. The present proofs of the St. Gaudens designs and of the Pratt designs are simply rotten. I know of no other word to express it."



    Like most proof Indian eagles, few have survived in the highest grades. Just 74 proofs were struck, mostly in the lighter Roman finish, and about half survive today. In our own auctions since 1993, this example is only the third PR67 we have handled (two previous auctions offered a single coin). NGC and PCGS combined have certified 74 submissions with an average grade of 64.6. Census: 3 in 67, 1 finer (9/14).
    Ex: Los Angeles Signature (Heritage, 8/2009), lot 1313.
    From The Empire Collection.(Registry values: N10218)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 28HF, PCGS# 8891)

    Weight: 16.72 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


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    January, 2015
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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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