1907 $10 Wire Edge MS (PCGS# 8850)
The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money
Lot Number: 4574
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This handsome coin was first sold by us (Stack's) in 1976 at that ANA Auction, and we welcome it back again in all its splendor. The obverse and reverse show full mint bloom of rich orange-gold luster with no detracting marks or bumps. A strong loupe will find a nick here and there or a minor scuff, to be expected from normal careful handling. The strike is full and bold with each of the devices as crisply seen as ever for this limited production run. Heavy die polish lines are present and these are always apparent on any high grade example struck, forming fine parallel and swirling lines that likely enhance the lustrous glow. <br />
While having the Boston Museum of Fine Arts is formidable pedigree already, there is even more information that is pertinent here. These Wire Rim, Periods eagles were distributed to various dignitaries at the time they were struck, and many famous people were the original owners. In this case the person who obtained this coin was famous, as it was the property of William Sturgis Bigelow, MD, who was from one of the finest of families in Boston. He was a physician in life but one of his real passions was his interest in Oriental art and culture. He is primarily responsible for the development of the Japanese collection of Boston Museum of Fine Art. Through his close friendship with Henry Cabot Lodge, Bigelow became acquainted with Theodore Roosevelt and later became a part of Roosevelt's cultural and scientific circle of friends. Bigelow knew and supported Augustus Saint-Gaudens as well, so it is easy to see that he would be high on the list of recipients for this new coinage design when the initial group was released to dignitaries. <br />
The edge has the original Boston Museum of Fine Arts red ink accession number seen below the date area thanks to the edge view holder.