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1907 $10 Wire Edge (Regular Strike)

Series: Indian Head $10 1907-1933

PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS #:
8850
Designer:
Augustus Saint Gaudens
Edge:
Raised Stars
Diameter:
26.80 millimeters
Weight:
16.70 grams
Mintage:
500
Metal:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 450 R-6.1 1 / 1 5 / 32
60 or Better 400 R-6.2 1 / 1 9 / 32
65 or Better 125 R-7.7 1 / 1 20 / 32
Survival Estimate
All Grades 450
60 or Better 400
65 or Better 125
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-6.1
60 or Better R-6.2
65 or Better R-7.7
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 1 / 1
60 or Better 1 / 1
65 or Better 1 / 1
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 5 / 32
60 or Better 9 / 32
65 or Better 20 / 32

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  MS67 PCGS grade

High Desert Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

1 MS67 PCGS grade

Ed Trompeter Collection - Superior 2/1992:179 (as Raw MS65), $26,400.00 - Heritage 5/2008:3461, $149,500 - Bentley Shores Collection - Stack’s/Bowers 8/2013:4523, $211,500

1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade
8 MS66 PCGS grade
8 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade Jim O'Neal - Heritage 1/2009:3500
8 MS66 PCGS grade PCGS #8850 (MS)     66
 MS67 PCGS grade #1 MS67 PCGS grade

High Desert Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

#1 MS67 PCGS grade

Ed Trompeter Collection - Superior 2/1992:179 (as Raw MS65), $26,400.00 - Heritage 5/2008:3461, $149,500 - Bentley Shores Collection - Stack’s/Bowers 8/2013:4523, $211,500

#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#8 MS66 PCGS grade
MS66 PCGS grade #8 MS66 PCGS grade
Jim O'Neal - Heritage 1/2009:3500
PCGS #8850 (MS)     66 #8 MS66 PCGS grade
David Akers (1975/88): Technically, the 1907 Wire Edge is a pattern (Judd 1774) and not a regular issue but it has always been considered an integral part of the series. The 500 mintage figure comes from a 1908 letter from dealer Henry Chapman to John Garrett, and this number is probably correct since Chapman had very close Mint connections. It is entirely possible that all 500 are really proofs rather than business strikes but there is no way to know for sure. One thing is certain, however; all of the known examples of this issue are of the same method of manufacture and so any distinction between "Proof" and "business strike" 1907 Wire Edge eagles is incorrect. The typical specimen is fairly well struck on the central devices (Indian and eagle) but very weakly struck at the borders. Lustre is typically good to very good. The surfaces are rather satiny with numerous random die scratches in the fields and the color is almost always light yellow gold or light greenish gold although some specimens are either orange gold or very coppery in color.

The 1907 Wire Edge is one of the highest priced issues of the series but it is actually in the lower half of the series with respect to both overall rarity and condition rarity. Locating a specimen MS-63 or lower is not particularly difficult and even very choice pieces (MS-64) are seen fairly often. However, true gems are certainly very rare since there is no rim on these coins and so unprotected surfaces are prone to nicks and scratches. A few extraordinary quality examples exist that are very nearly as struck. Dr. John Wilkinson's was perhaps the nicest I have seen, but a handful of others are just about the same.