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    PCGS 1910 PR 66. The 1910 issue continues the Roman Gold or Satin Finish proofing process for gold proofs as begun the previous year. The official mintage for this issue was 682 pieces. This number is obviously either a typographical error in the mint report or most of the mintage was melted as unsold at year's end, as this year is one of the scarcer dates in the series, only exceeded in rarity by the 1909 and 1915. One estimate places the number of survivors in the range of 34-36 pieces, but that number may be a bit low. We estimate 75-100 may actually be extant. Akers only recorded 21 appearances in the thirty-year survey he conducted, and that number obviously included several duplications.
    The surfaces of this piece are satiny and show a fine-grain texture that is quite unlike other proof years, making proof gold coins from 1909 and 1910 one of the shortest and certainly most desirable collecting areas for 20th century gold specialists. There is just the slightest hint of light orange-gold color on the highpoints of the design, quite unlike the depth of color seen on the PCGS Proof 65 1909 above. A side-by-side comparison of the two coins is quite illuminating and goes far toward explaining to the viewer the relative importance of eye appeal and technical perfection and the role each plays in the grade and desirability of these two coins. As stated above, the 1909 has rather deep color for a Roman Finish proof, yet to our eyes it is as technically perfect as any coin in this impressive collection. The 1910, on the other hand, has a couple of microscopic marks on the highpoint of the cheek of the Native American, yet the light color overall, brightness of the surfaces, and outstanding eye appeal anchor it securely in the Proof 66 grade.
    This is a prime numismatic rarity that is rarely offered for sale in any condition, especially in this lofty grade. Current population data (6/94) indicates that this is the finest example of this rare date certified by PCGS, and it is tied with four other pieces for finest known as certified by NGC (4/94). (NGC ID# 7KRP, PCGS# 7959)

    Weight: 4.18 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper

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

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