1910-D $10 MS (PCGS# 8866)
The August 2010 Boston Rarities Sale
Auctioneer: Bowers & Merena
Lot Number: 1796
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After only the 1932, the 1910-D boasts the highest mintage in the Indian Eagle series at 2.3 million coins struck. This is obviously the most frequently offered mintmarked issue of the type, although the 1910-D is not as plentiful in Mint State as the 1926 or 1932. In high grades (read: MS-65 or finer), the 1910-D is also more challenging to collect than the first-year 1907 No Periods.<br /> The 1910-D is very scarce in MS-65 by Indian Eagle standards, and it is very rare any finer. Writing in the 2008 edition of the book <em>A Handbook of 20th Century United States Gold Coins: 1907-1933</em> by David W. Akers, Jeff Ambio asserts that only 60-70 examples are known that could qualify for an MS-66 or MS-67 grade. Most of those coins are MS-66s, and there are fewer than 10 coins extant in MS-67.<br /> The coin we offer here is the only Superb Gem 1910-D Indian Eagle known to PCGS, and our research confirms that it is the specimen that was once part of the fabulous Indian Eagle collection assembled by Jim O'Neal. Richly frosted with wonderful originality to the surfaces, both sides are bathed in warm, even, rose-orange color. A razor-sharp strike touches all elements of the design. Virtually unmarked, a tiny, faint alloy spot in the upper-left obverse field is the only pedigree marker of note. Pop 1/0 for the issue, and probably the finest known, this coin is eagerly awaiting inclusion in another famous 20th century gold collection.