1908-D $10 Motto MS (PCGS# 8860)
The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money
Lot Number: 4535
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The surfaces are virtually perfect with considerable cartwheel luster when examined under a light. There are no deep or prominent bagmarks, and the fields and devices display incredible preservation. The strike is rather sharp, as the central devices on the obverse along with the eagle's wing edge and claws show more definition than commonly seen. When the No Motto Denver Mint coins were struck, the D mintmark was very broad and boldfaced, and located above the leaves of the branch at the same angle as the rim in that area. When the Motto was added, the mintmark placement was lowered to near the end of the fasces below the leaves, where it remained for the duration of the series. Most new coin designs needed a little tinkering within the first year or so, and these Indian eagles were no exception to that rule. The impressive quality makes this a desirable representative of this date and mint with the motto on the reverse.