Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Head $10 (1907-1933)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 71
Catalog: KM-130
Obverse Designer: Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Reverse Designer: Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 16.7180g
AGW: 0.4837oz
Melt Value: $515.38 (11/30/2015)
Diameter: 27mm
Edge: 48 raised stars
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1913 $10 PF obverse 1913 $10 PF reverse

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Description & Analysis

The 1913 proof Indian ten boasts a minuscule mintage of just 71 pieces. Among Indian eagles, only the famous 1907 Rolled Edge and the 1914 matte proof issues can claim a smaller net production figure, at 50 examples each. In terms of high-grade rarity, the 1913 is actually more elusive than either of those issues, and only the 1915 matte proof emission is more difficult to locate. The elusive nature of this issue was recognized at an early date, and B. Max Mehl referred to the example in lot 346 of the Dr. G.F.E. Wilharm Collection (Mehl, 2/1921) as, '1913 Sand blast proof. Rare.' In the Handbook of 20th Century United States Gold Coins 1907-1933, second edition, David Akers and Jeff Ambio estimate a surviving population of 20-35 specimens in all grades, with six to eight coins extant in PR64.

The sandblast finish Mehl referred to in the Wilharm description was an innovation the Mint introduced in 1912, because the matte and Roman proofs of previous years had proved so unpopular with the public. The sandblast proofs have a much finer texture than the finishes of earlier years. As Walter Breen said in his 1988 Encyclopedia, this finish displays 'millions of sparkling facets under a magnifier.' The sandblast proofs have an attractive medallic appearance, with sharply defined devices and evenly textured surfaces. Unfortunately, the sandblast proofs were no more popular than the matte or Roman proofs had been, and the Mint changed finishes again after 1913.

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Price Guide

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Total Graded: 24
Low Grade: 63
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 68

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4/6/2006 NGC PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2006 April Atlanta, GA (ANA) Signature Auction #402, 402/Lot# 2124 $54,625.00
4/28/2010 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Heritage Auctions "2010 April-May Milwaukee, WI CSNS US Coin Auction Session(3)", 1139/Lot# 2297 $8,050.00
1/3/2011 NGC PF 66   Stack's Bowers The January 2011 Tampa Bay Rarities Sale, 70/Lot# 1556 $49,000.01
4/27/2011 NGC PF 67   Heritage Auctions 2011 April Rosemont CSNS Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(3), 1154/Lot# 5458 $86,250.00
10/18/2012 PCGS PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(4), 1175/Lot# 6137 $82,250.00
4/22/2015 NGC PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(4), 1219/Lot# 5420 $49,350.00

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NGC Registry Score 1913 $10 PF
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