Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Head $10 (1907-1933)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 59,000
Catalog: KM-130
Obverse Designer: Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Reverse Designer: Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 16.72g
AGW: 0.4840oz
Melt Value: $614.34 (10/27/2016)
Diameter: 27mm
Edge: 48 raised stars
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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: 7/12/2016

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1915 S $10 MS
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Total Graded: 428
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67

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9/9/1998 NGC AU 55   Teletrade Auction 1084, 1084/Lot# 2033 $633.00
9/15/2003 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg September 15-17, 2003 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 21/Lot# 1223 $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
10/23/2008 NGC AU 50   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 294, 300/Lot# 6295 $816.50
11/11/2008 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #28113, 28113/Lot# 23398 $2,185.00
9/20/2010 PCGS MS 61   Bonhams Coins and Banknotes, 18602/Lot# 1346 $4,972.00
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 4562 $99,875.00
3/23/2014 NGC Details UNC Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/23/2014, 178/Lot# 179219 $2,695.00
8/12/2015 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2015 August 12 - 16 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1223/Lot# 6309 $11,750.00

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NGC Registry Score 1915 S $10 MS
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