1908-S $10 MS (PCGS# 8861)
The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money
Lot Number: 4537
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This is a superb specimen with nearly flawless surfaces, radiant satiny mint luster, and amazing rich orange-gold color. There are no hints of copper spotting or any other detracting surface issues. The luster and planchet color combine with the surface quality to make this arguably the finest Indian eagle with Motto in existence, as well as one of the most visually stunning. This is the sole Mint State-69 Indian eagle with Motto certified by either grading service. NGC has graded only one other as Mint State-69 but that coin is a 1907 No Periods, No Motto variety.<br />
The 1908-S Indian eagle has long been considered one of the rarities of this series. Most of the mintage went into circulation as this date and mint are commonly found with wear -- others for reasons unclear are found in high Mint State grades. Another factor which reflects the whims of chance is the fact that a few dozen of these are actually in Gem condition or finer. Given the modest mintage of 59,850 pieces and the early date of issue for this series, this is indeed quite extraordinary. Why this is so shall likely remain undiscovered, but here is the finest example certified of the date and mint and a coin that any collector will appreciate. If you are assembling the finest collection or Indian eagles, or want the absolute best for your type set, here is the perfect coin with unsurpassed quality, immense eye appeal and extraordinary luster.