1911 $10 PR (PCGS# 8893)
Lot Number: 7745
1911 Indian Eagle. Proof-66 (NGC). A classic American rarity as these proofs were struck in tiny numbers and not that popular with collectors at the time of issue. Today, these are highly regarded treasures that are stylistically correct and greatly coveted. Struck in the all matte finish which has a distinctive dark mustard color, the fields and devices are uniformly bathed in tiny microscopic facets that interlock and twinkle randomly when examined under a light. The fabric and appearance of these matte proofs is wholly different than a typical mint state coin. What few were struck were generally saved, although some were mishandled or cleaned. To date, between NGC and PCGS a total of 48 <em>at most</em> have been graded, although this combined number undoubtedly reflects coins submitted to both services. Examination finds a couple of pin-prick sized toning dots on the obverse, one in the field below Liberty's nose, another on her neck. Handling marks are microscopic, and the bold visual appeal of this proof has not been compromised in the past 100 years since it was struck.