1907 $10 No Motto MS (PCGS# 8852)

August 2011 Chicago ANA - Rarities Night

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    Stack's Bowers
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Lot Description
1907 Indian Eagle. No Periods. MS-66 (NGC). CAC. Intense golden-orange toning with a very slight greenish tinge shows&nbsp;on both sides. The striking quality is superior to that often seen, particularly on later Indian tens. Even close examination fails to reveal any mentionable marks or other surfaces distractions.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Several differences can be noted between the No Motto design and the earlier Rolled or Wire Edge pieces. First, the rim has been modified to facilitate stacking, it is now broader and squarer. Second, much of the fine detail in the legends, stars, headdress, wing feathers, etc., has been noticeably strengthened in an effort to lengthen the circulation life of this design. Third, all of the reverse periods with the exception of those between the words in the peripheral legend (acting as artistic "stops") have been removed, perhaps simply to serve as a means by which to differentiate such coins from their pre-modification predecessors.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;A truly beautiful coin.<br /> <br /> <strong>Numismatic Reflections by Q. David Bowers<br /> </strong>A lovely, indeed memorable specimen of the first year of the Indian Head design by Augustus Saint-Gaudens. The initial issues of this &nbsp;year had periods on the reverse, of which only a few were made (see our offering of a beautiful example of such in this catalog), then quickly followed the popular circulation strikes without periods. At the time of the release they garnered relatively little ink in the numismatic press. Much attention, indeed adulation, was placed upon the elegant MCMVII High Relief twenty and, this beautiful design was generally ignored. Today such pieces are very much appreciated. Most Mint State examples are dated 1926 and 1932.
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