1916-S $10 MS (PCGS# 8880)
The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money
Lot Number: 4564
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1916-S Indian Eagle. MS-66 (PCGS). Secure Holder. This is one of the finest seen of this date and mint, with PCGS noting half a dozen grading events at this level with three finer. Strong mint luster is present on both sides and the surfaces show little more than light shallow scuffs. The color is a handsome blend of orange-gold and yellow-gold, with swirls of frost. It is fairly well struck for this date, as Liberty's fine curls and feather headdress show the expected detail. Similarly the eagle has a few rounded feathers on his thigh, and his back claw shows some softness in definition. The mintage for the issue was 138,500 pieces, and most of those known today returned from European banks in the last two generations. All told the 1916-S is the 10th scarcest of the 32 date and mints. NGC has not certified any finer than Mint State-65, confirming the present offering is within the top ten known. An important coin for the specialist.