1909-S $10 MS65 NGC
In 1909, 292,350 Indian ten dollar gold pieces were minted at San Francisco, but most of those entered circulation prior to the 1930s. Today, it remains a very difficult issue for the specialist assembling a Gem set of ten Indians. Prior to 1977, this was a date that was virtually impossible to locate in Uncirculated condition. Several small hoards have been discovered the first in 1977 which contained about 60 pieces (as well as several other S-Mint dates in the series), however, most of the coins graded in the MS62 to MS64 range.
This is one of the finest '09-S tens we have seen in recent memory. The satiny surfaces are exceptionally clean and the rich golden luster is accented with hints of rose and orange patina. As expected of the Gem grade designation, there are no singularly mentionable marks, only a couple of tiny luster scuffs in the right reverse field that do nothing to detract from this beautiful coin. Well defined throughout. An important opportunity for the Saint-Gaudens gold specialist.
Census: 8 in 65, only 5 are finer (7/10). (PCGS 8864)