1908 $10 No Motto MS62

CERTIFICATION#: -35563
PCGS#: 8853

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Sold by David Akers Numismatics May '98 Price realized $4950

Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88): The low mintage, second lowest in the series to the 1911-D, makes most people think this issue is even more rare than it really is. (Actually, the 1908 No Motto ranks sqarely in the middle with respect to both overall Mint State rarity and condition rarity.) This is not to say that the 1908 No Motto is common, because it most definitely is not. In fact, in any given Mint State grade it can be considered very rare. The Mint State population is quite evenly spread between the grades from MS-60/62 to MS-64 and there are probably about a third the number of gems as there are coins in each of the first three categories. A few (probably five or so) truly superb examples of this issue are also known to exist.

The 1908 No Motto is almost always sharply struck (more so than the 1907 No Periods) and the surfaces are somewhat frosty but more often rather satiny. The lustre is typically excellent and color is a strong point of this issue, usually medium orange gold, often with a rich greenish gold tint or highlights. Top quality examples of this issue are definitely among the most attractive of the series.

Diameter: 26.80 millimeters Designer: Augustus Saint Gaudens Edge: Raised Stars
Mintage: 33,500 Weight: 16.70 grams Metal Content: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
4
690
1
6
695
8
700
10
705
12
710
15
715
20
720
25
725
30
730
35
730
40
740
2
45
800
4
45+
800
50+
825
53+
895
55+
950
58+
1,215
62+
3,150
63+
5,600
1
64+
9,500
1
65+
24,500
66+
46,000
1
67+
115,000
1

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 3,500 R-4.3 1 / 3 TIE 15 / 32 TIE
60 or Better 1,625 R-4.7 1 / 3 TIE 17 / 32 TIE
65 or Better 92 R-8.0 2 / 3 19 / 32

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67+ PCGS grade  

Bentley Shores Collection - Stack’s/Bowers 8/2013:4528, $105,750

2 MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS67 PCGS grade Jim O'Neal - Heritage 1/2009:3503
2 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS67 PCGS grade