PCGS grade. Ex. Green; Farouk (1954) Sold by David Akers Numismatics Oct '97 Price realized $46,750. Pedigreed 10/3/13.
David Akers (1975/88): The 1910-S is a rare coin in all Mint State grades, and nearly all of the available specimens are MS-63 or less. Some very nice pieces, i.e. full MS-65 gems, do exist although I do not recall ever seeing one that could be graded "superb" (MS-67). There may be as many as eight to 10 MS-65 or 65+ coins in existence with the finest being the Eliasberg coin now owned by Dr. Thaine Price. The Dr. Steven Duckor specimen (ex Johnson-Meyer sale, 1978) is also a gem as was the Kruthoffer (ex Niemeyer) coin, one in my personal collection, and a handful of others.
This issue is always well struck with a sharply defined mintmark. Like the 1909-S, to which it is similar in overall appearance, the typical 1910-S has a "soft" frosty finish, although others do exist that have a definite satiny surface. Color is nearly always very good to excellent, with the typical specimen displaying a rose, orange or light coppery gold color.