David Akers (1975/88): By a very large margin the 1910-D is the most common branch mint Idian Head eagle. In fact, it is one of the commonest eagles of this type and is very easy to obtain in MS-63 or lower condition and is not much harder to find in MS-64. True gems are also encountered with comparative regularity. A few really top quality (better than MS-65) specimens also exist. Kruthoffer's was essentially superb and a couple of others are basically equal to it.
The strike on a typical 1910-D is very sharp, and the lustre is generally good to very good but certainly not outstanding. All specimens I have seen are frosty with finely granular surfaces, and the color is most often a light to medium orange and greenish gold. Many specimens have what appears to be an inner "rim" running through the middle of the date and the stars on the obverse and through the middle of the legends on the reverse. This "rim" runs the entire circumference of the coin on both the obverse and reverse and is probably the result of die bulging.
Jim O'Neal Collection of Saint-Gaudens Eagles - Heritage 1/2009:3512 - Bowers & Merena 8/2010:1796, $86,250 - Bob R. Simpson Collection
Bob R. Simpson Collection