1908-D $10 Motto MS65

CERTIFICATION#: -35566
PCGS#: 8860

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Ex. Sary (1955) Sold by David Akers Numismatics May '98 Price realized $24200

Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88): The 1908-D With Motto has one of the highest mintage figures of the entire series, yet it is one of the rarest issue in gem condition, nearly as rare as the 1908-D No Motto, whose mintage was only one-fourth as great. This only shows once again that mintages are often an inaccurate barometer of rarity, especially among 20th-century gold issues. In every Mint State grade, this issue is very rare, and relatively few specimens exist better than MS-63. Eliasberg's was really superb, at least MS-65+, and with a strong claim to MS-67, as was Norweb's. A piece in my personal collection is of equal quality, Kruthoffer's (now owned by Dr. Steven Duckor) is a high end MS-65 and there are others that are true gems, including specimens owned by Ed Trompeter, Dr. Thaine Price and a prominent Eastern collector.

The 1908-D With Motto is typically well struck and the lustre is almost always very good to excellent. The surfaces have just a trace of very fine granularity and typically have a strong tendency toward a satiny texture. The color on most high-grade specimens is the same, light to medium orange gold, often with greenish gold highlights.

Diameter: 26.80 millimeters Designer: Augustus Saint Gaudens Edge: Raised Stars
Mintage: 836,500 Weight: 16.70 grams Metal Content: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
12
740
15
745
1
20
750
25
755
1
35
760
3
45+
785
50+
850
53+
870
55+
1,025
58+
970
63+
8,750
1
64+
18,500
65+
34,500
66+
55,000
67+
108,000

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 2,300 R-4.5 9 / 27 TIE 11 / 32 TIE
60 or Better 900 R-5.2 11 / 27 13 / 32
65 or Better 40 R-8.7 11 / 27 TIE 13 / 32 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade Simpson Collection
1 MS68 PCGS grade  

Louis Eliasberg, Sr. - Bowers & Ruddy 10/1982:848 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 4/2006:3884, $230,000

3 MS67 PCGS grade   Dr. Thaine Price - David Akers 5/1998:46, $82,500
3 MS67 PCGS grade High Desert Collection (PCGS Set Registry)
3 MS67 estimated grade