Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Head $10 (1907-1933)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 59,000
Obverse Designer: Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Reverse Designer: Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 16.7200g
AGW: 0.4840oz
Melt Value: $867.30 (2/25/2021)
Diameter: 27mm
Edge: 48 raised stars
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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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Last Updated: 7/30/2020

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1915 S $10 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1000 1000 1000 1150 1385 1900 2500 3475 5000 6300 8000 13500 20500 30000 70000 130000 - - - -
$ - - - - 5750 - - 15600 24000 - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 468
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67

The chart showing VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 2/23/2021 1915 S $10 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----13141732901915434412123-1---468
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Total----13141732901925434512123-1---470
 ----0%1%3%4%7%19%41%1%9%10%3%3%1%-0%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1915 S $10 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333123914351609197321792451261427543447443170779234112944177075144134251134561
3333415130414931730204122692505266029853775531377969920214525289494846134354141289
0000001493173020412269250526602985377553137796992021452528949484600
000000155118512110236025592707321641036195851510607316116401911454800
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 3447
Owner: Jerfet
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 2451
Owner: X1X1X1
 
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