Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Head $10 (1907-1933)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 96,000
Obverse Designer: Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Reverse Designer: Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 16.7200g
AGW: 0.4840oz
Melt Value: $717.27 (10/16/2019)
Diameter: 27mm
Edge: 48 raised stars
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1930 S $10 MS obverse 1930 S $10 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: So many Indian Head Eagles were coined in 1926 that for a few years gold Eagles were simply not needed. Thus, coinage of the denomination halted until 1930 when the San Francisco Mint struck 96,000. Very few, however, found their way into circulation. Almost none have honest wear. The few lower grade coins are usually the results of mishandling or damage. The vast majority of the issue met its fate in the melting pots. A great photo from the 1930s exists of mint sealed bags of the date piled several feet high. Three or four coins exist in MS 67, including a nearly perfect coin in the Smithsonian collection.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/29/2019

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1930 S $10 MS
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Base $ - - - - - - 35000 - 42500 45000 47500 52000 60000 78500 105000 140000 375000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 125000 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 57
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1930 S $10 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------2-16112511-1---57
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Total----------2-16112512-2---59
 ----------3 %-2 %10 %19 %42 %20 %-3 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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Price
5/31/2004 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 2620 $34,500.00
1/3/2007 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2007 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Coin Auction #422, 422/Lot# 3189 $63,250.00
7/2/2007 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 155, 160/Lot# 41 $59,800.00
1/26/2014 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg January 26-28, 2014 January Pre-Long Beach Sale 17.5% BP, 78/Lot# 1854 $79,312.50
2/27/2014 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 27 - 28 & March 2 Mid-Winter ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Atlanta Session(2), 1203/Lot# 4246 $30,550.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1930 $10 MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333381740644290432443474381440344854694500456566886842899184020868368116358
3333127438994139430143314358438844304554479752216066740089242001449594843640
000000413943014331435843884430455447975221606674008924200144959400
000000421443124339436943954457462449005438647679149421301115898100
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