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

1915-S $10 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65
PCGS #:
8879
Diameter:
26.80 millimeters
Designer:
Augustus Saint Gaudens
Weight:
16.70 grams
Edge:
Raised Stars
Mintage:
59,000
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$126,500 • 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 1,225 R-4.9 5 / 27 7 / 32
60 or Better 325 R-6.3 7 / 27 8 / 32
65 or Better 11 R-9.5 4 / 27 TIE 4 / 32 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade

Bob Kruthoffer (per PCGS) - Jim O'Neal Collection of Saint-Gaudens Eagles - Heritage 1/2009:3525, $126,500 - Bob R. Simpson Collection

1 MS66 PCGS grade  

Bentley Shores Collection - Stack’s/Bowers 8/2013:4562, $99,875

1 MS66 PCGS grade  
4 MS65 PCGS grade

Dr. Thaine B. Price Collection - David Akers 5/1998:65, $46,200 - William Michael Thomas Collection - Stack's 1/2004:3026, $43,125 - Kutasi Collection - Heritage 1/2007:3185, $74,750 - G&J Lott Collection

4 MS65 PCGS grade

Crow River Collection

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

Bob Kruthoffer (per PCGS) - Jim O'Neal Collection of Saint-Gaudens Eagles - Heritage 1/2009:3525, $126,500 - Bob R. Simpson Collection

1 MS66 PCGS grade  

Bentley Shores Collection - Stack’s/Bowers 8/2013:4562, $99,875

1 MS66 PCGS grade  
4 MS65 PCGS grade

Dr. Thaine B. Price Collection - David Akers 5/1998:65, $46,200 - William Michael Thomas Collection - Stack's 1/2004:3026, $43,125 - Kutasi Collection - Heritage 1/2007:3185, $74,750 - G&J Lott Collection

4 MS65 PCGS grade

Crow River Collection

4 MS65 PCGS grade  
4 MS65 PCGS grade  
4 MS65 PCGS grade  
4 MS65 estimated grade  
10 MS64 PCGS grade
David Akers (1975/88): Overall, the 1915-S is a bit more rare than the 1910 through 1914 San Francisco mint issues (except, of course, the 1913-S) but there seems to be a few more high quality (MS-64 or better) examples of the 1915-S around than there are of the 1910-S, 1912-S, 1914-S and even the 1909-S. The 1915-S is definitely rare in every Mint State grade, and even at the MS-63 level relatively few examples are ever seen. In MS-64 and MS-65, this issue is very rare and seldom available. The Kruthoffer specimen was the best, or at least the prettiest, I have seen and it realized $29,000 in 1981. It is now owned by Dr. Philip Weinstein. A coin I purchased across the counter in 1973 when I worked at Paramount was also virtually perfect and is now in a prominent Midwest collection. A Dale Williams Galleries sale of a few years ago had a sensational MS-65+ example that is now owned by a prominent Eastern collector; Dr. Steven Duckor and Ed Trompeter also have full MS-65 coins, and I have seen a small number of others such as the 1975 Central States Sale specimen.

The 1915-S is almost always very sharply struck and most specimens have excellent lustre. Quite often the obverse has the broad rim and partial wire edge seen on other San Francisco mint eagles from 1911 through 1916. The surfaces are fully frosty and display little or no granularity. The color is invariably excellent on this issue, typically light to medium orange, often highlighted with greenish gold. Some light to medium coppery gold specimens are also known.