Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Head $10 (1907-1933)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 59,000
Catalog: KM-130
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 16.7180g
AGW: 0.4837oz
Melt Value: $632.05 (7/22/2014)
Diameter: 27mm
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1915 S $10 MS obverse 1915 S $10 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: Not only was this a low mintage date, but few survivors made it from San Francisco to the eastern banks where they could escape to Europe to wait out the first half of the 20th century. Most ended up being melted during the 1930s and returned as gold bricks to Fort Knox. Most examples of the date entered circulation and AU is the most commonly encountered grade. Any Mint State 1915–S $10 Eagle must be considered highly desirable. Starting in 1915, the United States Mint began saving handpicked examples of its gold coinage for the Mint collection. This practice continued until the end of United States gold coins in 1933. In the 1920s the Mint collection was transferred to the Smithsonian where they reside today.

The Smithsonian collection contains a Choice MS 64 example of the 1915–S $10. The single finest example of the date I have seen is the Ex. Robert Kruthoffer coin. I sold the coin to him in the early 1980s for around $25,000. It was actually how we met. When I called to offer him the coin, he was immediately excited to purchase it. It was a difficult transaction, but for anyone who knew Robert they would not be surprised. He sold the coin for $29,000 in 1981. It later resold for an amazing $198,000 in 1989 at the peak of that bull market. I imagine that this coin is now certified at the MS 67 level.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/20/2014

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1915 S $10 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 825 850 925 975 1025 1025 1475 1675 2150 3800 4900 5900 11500 22000 40500 77500 130000 - - - -
$ 1075 1575 1775 2750 4750 5400 6500 13750 25000 46000 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 434
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67


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8/9/2014 AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1208/Lot# 4037


Auction Prices Realized

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1/8/2003 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2003, Orlando, FL. (FUN) Signature Sale #308, 308/Lot# 8905 $1,840.00
2/20/2005 PCGS MS 61   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 2449 $6,900.00
5/31/2007 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday Rocket Sale - Internet Auction # 148, 153/Lot# 5256 $2,185.00
9/20/2010 PCGS MS 61   Bonhams Coins and Banknotes, 18602/Lot# 1346 $4,972.00
6/12/2011 NGC AU 50   Teletrade Auction 3082, 3082/Lot# 2473 $1,380.00
7/27/2013 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 5316 $4,112.50
1/8/2014 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1201/Lot# 5508 $17,625.00
4/20/2014 PCGS AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/20/2014, 186/Lot# 187776 $4,235.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1915 S $10 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333123914351609197321792451261427543447443170779234112944177075144134251134561
33334151304149317302041226925052660298537755313779699202145252894948461343540
0000001493173020412269250526602985377553137796992021452528949484600
000000155118512110236025592707321641036195851510607316116401911454800
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 2451
Owner: MCB1980
 
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