1914-D $10 MS (PCGS# 8876)
The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money
Lot Number: 4557
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This example is tied as one of the very finest seen of this date and mint by NGC, with none seen finer at PCGS. The luster is frosty and pleasing, and both sides show a thin patina from long storage. The strike is sharp as commonly seen for this issue, with all the curls on Liberty well defined and the eagle's feathers also crisp and complete. The quality of the fields and devices is exceptional. Close study with a 10X loupe finds little more than a stray nick or two -- certainly nothing distracting -- and it is completely lacking the usual barrage of chatter marks that infest most examples from this series. These coins were distributed widely and were not carefully packed in tubes or handled with gloved hands. They were money, plain and simple, and their journey might have involved shipping by trains, wagons, carts and possibly primitive early armored cars. This particular coin shows far fewer signs of the <em>normal </em>handling issues so common to this series. This is one of the finest known and a prize for the specialist.