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SERIES: Indian Head $10 1907-1933
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1908-D $10 No Motto (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS65+
PCGS #:
8854
Diameter:
26.80 millimeters
Designer:
Augustus Saint Gaudens
Weight:
16.70 grams
Edge:
Raised Stars
Mintage:
210,000
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$149,500 • PCGS MS66 • 1-1-2009 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 3,250 R-4.3 1 / 3 TIE 15 / 32 TIE
60 or Better 1,600 R-4.7 1 / 3 TIE 17 / 32 TIE
65 or Better 27 R-8.9 1 / 3 10 / 32 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade

David Akers - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 4/2006:3882, $86,250 - Bob R. Simpson Collection

1 MS66 PCGS grade

Kutasi Collection - Heritage 1/2007:3163, $115,000 - Jim O’Neal Collection - Heritage 1/2009:3504, $149,500 - Bentley Shores Collection - Stack’s/Bowers 8/2013:4530, $82,250

1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade

David Akers - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 4/2006:3882, $86,250 - Bob R. Simpson Collection

1 MS66 PCGS grade

Kutasi Collection - Heritage 1/2007:3163, $115,000 - Jim O’Neal Collection - Heritage 1/2009:3504, $149,500 - Bentley Shores Collection - Stack’s/Bowers 8/2013:4530, $82,250

1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
6 MS66 estimated grade  
6 MS66 estimated grade  
6 MS66 estimated grade  
9 MS65+ PCGS grade

Crow River Collection

10 MS65 PCGS grade  
David Akers (1975/88): In any Mint State grade, the 1908-D no Motto is very difficult to locate. Most of the known examples grade from MS-60 to MS-63 and one almost never sees an example in MS-64 condition. True gems are extremely rare and the Kruthoffer specimen is the only one I have seen that has a legitimate claim to being better than MS-65. All in all, this is a very underrated issue, especially in gem condition where it is virtually unobtainable.

I said the 1908 No Motto is one of the most attractive issues of the series in top grade. Well, this is one of the least attractive, due largely to the fact that it is generally flatly struck on the obverse and is decidedly lacklustre. (An exception to this "rule" is the superb Kruthoffer coin, and there are a very few others as well, but most are weak and dull.) Almost all examples I have seen have been frosty with slight granularity to the surface, but I have also seen others that were very satiny. Color is usually good to very good with the typical specimen a light orange gold color, sometimes with a greenish cast.