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

1909 $10 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66
PCGS #:
8862
Diameter:
26.80 millimeters
Designer:
Augustus Saint Gaudens
Weight:
16.70 grams
Edge:
Raised Stars
Mintage:
184,089
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$80,500 • PCGS MS67 • 4-26-2006 • 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 5,500 R-3.9 16 / 27 20 / 32
60 or Better 3,500 R-4.3 16 / 27 20 / 32
65 or Better 67 R-8.3 15 / 27 TIE 17 / 32 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67+ PCGS grade

David Akers - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 4/2006:3886, $80,500 - Simpson Collection

1 MS67 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2008:2482 - Bentley Shores Collection - Stack’s/Bowers 8/2013:4539, $28,200

3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67+ PCGS grade

David Akers - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 4/2006:3886, $80,500 - Simpson Collection

1 MS67 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2008:2482 - Bentley Shores Collection - Stack’s/Bowers 8/2013:4539, $28,200

3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
David Akers (1975/88): The 1909 is one of the rarest Philadelphia Mint issues, surpassed only by the 1933, 1907 Rolled Edge and the 1908 No Motto. Up to the grade of MS-62, specimens are not difficult to locate and even in MS-63 they are encountered fairly often. True gems (MS-65 quality) are another matter altogether and they are very rare. Better than MS-65, this issue is almost nonexistent, although there are a few, and one is more likely to find a superb 1908 No Motto or 1908-S, for example, than a similar quality specimen of the 1909. (There are more gems of the 1909 around there there are gems of those two issues, however.) This is one of the most underrated issues of the series.

The 1909 in Mint State almost always has a beautiful, highly lustrous, satiny finish that is not very different from the Proofs. The strike is invariably sharp and the color is typically a light to medium greenish yellow gold or a rich yellow gold.