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    Exemplary 1911 Matte Proof Ten Dollar, Proof 66

    1911 $10 PR66 NGC. Only 95 proof Tens were reportedly struck in 1911 and surviving examples are among the rarest of all 20th century gold issues. Akers (1980) only recorded 14 auction appearances over the 37 years he surveyed major gold sales, and estimates of survivors have generally been in the range of 20 pieces. We believe, however, that a somewhat larger number exists and estimate that today there are approximately 30-45 pieces in all grades.
    Proofs of this year are of the earlier matte variety, as are all the following years as well, and they show a distinctive "olive-mustard" coloration. The preservation of the surfaces of this coin is extraordinary. We can find no contact marks or planchet flakes, and there is almost no variation in color on this magnificent specimen. In fact, the only flaw we have been able to locate is a tiny planchet anomaly on the eagles lower leg feathers on his right (facing) leg. When viewed with a strong magnifier, each granule of the sandblast finish reflects light in a random pattern; viewed collectively, the coin has a multi-faceted sparkle whose overall visual appeal is undeniable.
    As previously stated, the condition of this coin is exemplary. It would be difficult to exceed the condition of this piece, and we cannot imagine how the eye appeal could be any stronger.(#8893)(Registry values: N10218) (NGC ID# 26YC, PCGS# 8893)

    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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    The Coinage of Augustus Saint-Gaudens as Illustrated by the Morse and Duckor Collections
    Revised Edition by James L. Halperin, Mark R. Borckardt, Mark Van Winkle, Jon Amato, and Gregory J. Rohan, with special contributor David W. Akers

    The Coinage of Augustus Saint-Gaudens is an issue-by-issue examination of these two 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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