1908-D $10 Motto MS (PCGS# 8860)
The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money
Lot Number: 4536
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The quality of this 1908-D Motto eagle is memorable as so few of this particular issue are found at the MS-66 or finer grade level. The number struck -- 836,500 pieces -- was rather large on a comparative basis, yet Gem or finer examples today are quite difficult to locate. In fact, this is the 12th rarest condition rarity of the 32 coin series. There is bright yellow-gold frost throughout with a tinge of greenish-gold near the rims. The strike is sharp too. The Denver Mint issued 210,000 pieces without the motto, then nearly four times as many with the motto that year. Here is one of the finest seen and an important condition rarity for the date and mint specialist.