1909-D $10 MS (PCGS# 8863)
The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money
Lot Number: 4540
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This splendid coin is likely the finest known of this rare date and mint, or tied for that honor with the Dr. Thaine B. Price coin and possibly one other. The devices are sharply struck up with superb satiny luster throughout, unlike the usual granular luster commonly seen on these. The obverse is virtually perfect and free of handling marks, simply amazing quality for this or any date. On the reverse, a couple of minor luster grazes and minute marks are seen, but overall it is very attractive for a 1909-D Indian eagle. <br />
The 1909-D is one of the more underrated issues in the series and has long been overlooked. It is ranked as the eighth rarest issue in Gem or finer grades and stands tall as one of the rarest of all 20th century gold issues in MS-65 or finer. Many survivors from the mintage of 121,540 pieces show evidence of circulation, the balance are in MS-62 or below with Choice or finer coins scarce. An extraordinary offering that will dazzle the most seasoned numismatist.