Near-Flawless 1913 Eagle, Matte PR66
1913 $10 PR66 NGC. CAC. Even though the matte proofs of the
Saint-Gaudens design, the eagles and double eagles, generally saw
mintages on a downward spiral as the respective series lengthened,
today collectors seem to be considerably more fond of the pieces
than were contemporary collectors. After launching the new gold
coins in 1908 with a dark matte finish that was unpopular, the Mint
in 1909 and 1910 launched a hybrid texture alternatively called
Roman or satin finish, one that seemed to displease collectors even
more. The 1911- and later-dated matte or sandblast proofs were
similar to the matte texture of 1908, although differences in the
granular texture and color could be achieved for individual coins
within a year by subtle alterations in the sandblasting
'Beautiful Work of Numismatic Art'
The present-day numismatists have been much more kind to the matte proofs. Garrett and Guth write of the 1913 proof eagles:
"The fine sandblast finish used in 1912 was also used to coin these Proofs. This date ranks as the third-scarcest issue of the series by a tiny margin in gem Proof or finer grades. Eye appeal and surface quality remain superb, and these coins are truly beautiful works of numismatic art."
The surfaces on the present Premium Gem are khaki-colored, with medium-sized granules appearing from sandblasting. One minute contact mark occurs in the reverse field below the T in UNITED, but the surfaces otherwise appear flawless. NGC has certified eight pieces at the PR66 level with seven finer, while PCGS has seen three submissions in PR66 with two finer, the totals as usual comprising some duplicates (11/11).(Registry values: N10218) (NGC ID# 28HH, PCGS# 8895)
Weight: 16.72 grams
Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
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