1909-S $10 MS (PCGS# 8864)
The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money
Lot Number: 4541
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1909-S Indian Eagle. MS-67+ (PCGS). Secure Holder. One of several condition rarities in this series, and a date and mint that is particularly elusive at the Gem or finer level. PCGS reports only seven grading events above MS-65 for the 1909-S eagle, and this beauty is the finest they have seen. Exceptional luster and cartwheel frost are accented by radiant copper-gold and flashes of teal-yellow. There are no distracting marks or disturbances beyond minor luster grazes and a couple of shallow scuffs from bag handling. From the original mintage of 292,350 pieces, perhaps 1,500 to 2,000 survive today, and perhaps half of those qualify as Mint State. This date and mint is the 13th most difficult of the 32 coins in the Indian eagle collection to obtain. Many of those known today in Mint State turned up in an otherwise random hoard of gold coins in 1977, much to the delight of collectors today. Worthy of a record price when it crosses the block, this incredible Superb Gem specimen will excite any specialist of this series.