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1910-S $10 (Regular Strike)

Series: Indian Head $10 1907-1933

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS64+

PCGS MS64+

PCGS MS64+

PCGS MS64+

PCGS #:
8867
Designer:
Augustus Saint Gaudens
Edge:
Raised Stars
Diameter:
26.80 millimeters
Weight:
16.70 grams
Mintage:
811,000
Metal:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
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Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 4,500 R-4.1 14 / 27 TIE 18 / 32 TIE
60 or Better 1,250 R-4.9 12 / 27 TIE 14 / 32 TIE
65 or Better 10 R-9.5 4 / 27 TIE 4 / 32 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 4,500
60 or Better 1,250
65 or Better 10
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-4.1
60 or Better R-4.9
65 or Better R-9.5
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 14 / 27 TIE
60 or Better 12 / 27 TIE
65 or Better 4 / 27 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 18 / 32 TIE
60 or Better 14 / 32 TIE
65 or Better 4 / 32 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade
Plate coin in the The Coinage of Augustus Saint - Gaudens as Illustrated by the Phillip Morse Collection.
 
William Thomas Michaels Collection - Stack's 1/2004:3014, $83,375 - Kutasi Collection - Heritage 1/2007:3172, $138,000 - Jim O’Neal Collection - Heritage 1/2009:3513, $120,750 - Crow River Collection
1 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS65 PCGS grade

Franklinton Collection - American Numismatic Rarities 8/2006:1582, $52,900

3 MS65 PCGS grade
3 MS65 estimated grade

Bentley Shores Collection - Stack’s/Bowers 8/2013:4546, $82,250

3 MS65 estimated grade
3 MS65 estimated grade
8 MS64+ PCGS grade  
	MS64+ PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection

8 MS64+ PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7744, $16,675

8 MS64+ PCGS grade

“G&J Lott” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

MS66 PCGS grade #1 MS66 PCGS grade
Plate coin in the The Coinage of Augustus Saint - Gaudens as Illustrated by the Phillip Morse Collection.
 
William Thomas Michaels Collection - Stack's 1/2004:3014, $83,375 - Kutasi Collection - Heritage 1/2007:3172, $138,000 - Jim O’Neal Collection - Heritage 1/2009:3513, $120,750 - Crow River Collection
#1 MS66 PCGS grade
#3 MS65 PCGS grade

Franklinton Collection - American Numismatic Rarities 8/2006:1582, $52,900

#3 MS65 PCGS grade
#3 MS65 estimated grade

Bentley Shores Collection - Stack’s/Bowers 8/2013:4546, $82,250

#3 MS65 estimated grade
#3 MS65 estimated grade
 
	MS64+ PCGS grade 
#8 MS64+ PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection

#8 MS64+ PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7744, $16,675

#8 MS64+ PCGS grade

“G&J Lott” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

David Akers (1975/88): Despite its high mintage, the 1910-S is a very rare coin in all Mint State grades. Occasionally a specimen in MS-63 or less condition is available, but it is a highly unusual occurence when one better than that comes up for sale. In MS-64 condition, this issue is really very rare, and it is my opinion that only about six to eight true gems exist, is that many. There is also one piece, the Kruthoffer coin, that is distincly better than MS-65. I do not recall ever seeing another that was comparable. Along with the 1914-S, 1912-S, 1908-D No Motto and 1909-D, the 1910-S is really one of the unsung major rarities of this series in MS-64 or better condition.

Mint State specimens of this issue are usually very pretty. The lustre is nearly always very good to excellent and the color is typically a light to medium orange or coppery gold, although I have seen some beautiful light rose colored gold ones as well. Most specimens are well struck and the surfaces are usually finely granular. Frosty specimens are encountered the most, but some others definitely have satiny tendencies. In fact, the few really top grade examples of this issue that I have seen have all been much more satiny than frosty. Many, if not most, specimens have a weakness or roughness to the left of the date that affects the 19 especially (cf. the Kruthoffer specimen).