1909-D $10 MS67

CERTIFICATION#: 06666116
PCGS#: 8863

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88): The 1909-D is one of the most underrated issues of the series, and it is actually one of the rarest in an absolute sense. Even in MS-60 this issue is very rare and in MS-63 or MS-64 condition, it can be located only with great difficulty. I have seen approximately eight to 10 true gems, with the possibly the finest being the two MS-65+ specimens that are now in my personal collection, although the example owned by a prominent Eastern collector and the lustrous Norweb specimen are essentially their equal. The Eliasberg coin now owned by Dr. Steven Duckor is another gem as is a piece I purchased in 1986 from dealer Jay Miller and sold to Dr. Thaine Price.

The 1909-D is nearly always sharply struck and is usually frosty with very finely granular surfaces, although some specimens are quite satiny. The color is typically light orange or coppery with highlights of greenish gold. The lustre is generally only average or slightly below average for the series; one rarely sees a radiantly lustrous 1909-D, or even one with as much lustre as a typical 1908-D With Motto, although a few (cf. the Norweb specimen) do have excellent lustre.

Diameter: 26.80 millimeters Designer: Augustus Saint Gaudens Edge: Raised Stars
Mintage: 121,540 Weight: 16.70 grams Metal Content: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
20
730
25
740
1
30
750
45+
800
50+
845
53+
875
55+
935
58+
1,080
1
63+
8,500
1
64+
19,500
65+
40,000
66+
72,500

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 4,125 R-4.1 14 / 27 TIE 18 / 32 TIE
60 or Better 2,000 R-4.6 15 / 27 19 / 32
65 or Better 22 R-9.0 8 / 27 TIE 8 / 32 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade

Dr. Thaine Price - David Akers 5/1998:49, $71,500 - Heritage 1/1999:8290, unsold - Phillip H. Morse Collection - Heritage 11/2005:6505 (as PCGS 06554667), $138,000 - subsequently graded PCGS MS67 06666116 - Simpson Collection

1 MS67 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade