1908-S $10 (Regular Strike)

Series: Indian Head $10 1907-1933

PCGS MS68+

PCGS MS68+

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PCGS MS68

PCGS MS68

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS #:
8861
Designer:
Augustus Saint Gaudens
Edge:
Raised Stars
Diameter:
26.80 millimeters
Weight:
16.70 grams
Mintage:
59,850
Mint:
San Francisco
Metal:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
Current Auctions - NGC Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - PCGS Graded
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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 1,750 R-4.7 6 / 27 TIE 8 / 32 TIE
60 or Better 450 R-6.1 8 / 27 TIE 10 / 32 TIE
65 or Better 70 R-8.3 15 / 27 TIE 17 / 32 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 1,750
60 or Better 450
65 or Better 70
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-4.7
60 or Better R-6.1
65 or Better R-8.3
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 6 / 27 TIE
60 or Better 8 / 27 TIE
65 or Better 15 / 27 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 8 / 32 TIE
60 or Better 10 / 32 TIE
65 or Better 17 / 32 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS68+ PCGS grade PCGS #8861 (MS)     68+

Paul Taylor Collection - Heritage 1/2005:30647, $149,500 - Simpson Collection

2 MS68 PCGS grade  PCGS #8861 (MS)     68

Stack's "ANA Sale 1976 (per Akers write-up in the Thaine Price auction) - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 4/2006:3885, $115,000 - Jim O'Neal - Heritage 1/2009:3507, $80,500 - Heritage 7/2009:1309, $94,875

2 MS68 PCGS grade
4 MS68 estimated grade

Bentley Shores Collection - Stack’s/Bowers 8/2013:4537, $182,125

5 MS67 PCGS grade PCGS #8861 (MS)     67

Kutasi Collection - Heritage 1/2007:3166, $46,000

5 MS67 PCGS grade

Louis Eliasberg, Sr. (per Akers) - Dr. Thaine Price - David Akers 5/1998:47, $82,500

5 MS67 PCGS grade
5 MS67 PCGS grade
5 MS67 PCGS grade
5 MS67 PCGS grade
PCGS #8861 (MS)     68+ #1 MS68+ PCGS grade

Paul Taylor Collection - Heritage 1/2005:30647, $149,500 - Simpson Collection

 PCGS #8861 (MS)     68 #2 MS68 PCGS grade

Stack's "ANA Sale 1976 (per Akers write-up in the Thaine Price auction) - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 4/2006:3885, $115,000 - Jim O'Neal - Heritage 1/2009:3507, $80,500 - Heritage 7/2009:1309, $94,875

#2 MS68 PCGS grade
#4 MS68 estimated grade

Bentley Shores Collection - Stack’s/Bowers 8/2013:4537, $182,125

PCGS #8861 (MS)     67 #5 MS67 PCGS grade

Kutasi Collection - Heritage 1/2007:3166, $46,000

#5 MS67 PCGS grade

Louis Eliasberg, Sr. (per Akers) - Dr. Thaine Price - David Akers 5/1998:47, $82,500

#5 MS67 PCGS grade
#5 MS67 PCGS grade
#5 MS67 PCGS grade
#5 MS67 PCGS grade
David Akers (1975/88): The 1908-S is very rare in all Mint State grades but, unlike many issues of this type, the rarity does not materially increase until one reaches the MS-65 level, where the population drops off by more than half when compared to any single lower grade. However, there are a relatively high number of gems of this issue in existence ("high" as used in the context of Indian Head eagles, that is) and there are also a small number of superb quality, near perfect specimens known. Kruthoffer's brought $30,000 in 1981 and was essentially perfect, and a few others approach this level of perfection, including one in a prominent old-time Midwestern collection. I own two MS-67+ pieces, and the 1976 ANA specimen now owned by Dr. Steven Dukor, as well as the Eliasberg coin now in Dr. Thaine Price's collection, are also both distinctly better than MS-65.

The 1908-S is always very sharply struck. Like the half eagle and double eagle of the same date and mint, the 1908-S eagle comes with two very different, distinct finishes. One is frosty and very finely granular, and on these specimens the lustre is very good but not outstanding. The other finish (much more rare) is extremely satiny, and with these examples the lustre is always exceptionally radiant. Color varies on this issue from light orange and greenish gold to coppery gold. In top grade, there is no better looking coin in the series than the 1908-S.