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

1926 $10 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+
PCGS #:
8882
Diameter:
26.80 millimeters
Designer:
Augustus Saint Gaudens
Weight:
16.70 grams
Edge:
Raised Stars
Mintage:
1,014,000
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$19,200 • PCGS MS66 • 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 113,333 R-1.9 26 / 27 31 / 32
60 or Better 98,333 R-2.0 26 / 27 31 / 32
65 or Better 2,125 R-4.5 26 / 27 31 / 32
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade

Simpson Collection

1 MS66+ PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade

Kutasi Collection - Heritage 1/2007:3188 - Bentley Shores Collection - Stack’s/Bowers 8/2013:4566, $9,400

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

Simpson Collection

1 MS66+ PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade

Kutasi Collection - Heritage 1/2007:3188 - Bentley Shores Collection - Stack’s/Bowers 8/2013:4566, $9,400

3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade  

David Akers - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 4/2006:3896, $18,400

3 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
David Akers (1975/88): The 1926 is the second most common issue of this type after the 1932. Thousands of Mint State examples are known, and specimens are available with regularity in all Mint State grades up to and including MS-64. In MS-63 and lower grades, this issue is downright plentiful, at least by Indian Head eagle standards. Gems are more scarce than many realize (considerably more so than gems of 1932), but are still seen quite often. A very few superb quality pieces are known but even this "common" issue is extremely rare in grades better than MS-65. Although the 1926 is often put in the same cateory as the 1932 as far as rarity is concerned, it is actually substantially more rare, especially in MS-65 condition.

Nearly all 1926 eagles are well struck and the lustre is rarely, if ever, less than very good to excellent. Color varies widely from greenish gold to light to medium orange gold. Many specimens also have coppery spots. Frosty specimens are the rule but a small percentage have somewhat satiny surfaces. Many specimens exhibit unsightly surface "cuts" that seem considerably worse than one would mormally expect as bagmakrs. Is there an explanation for this?