Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Head $10 (1907-1933)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 204
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: $600.40 (2/13/2016)
Diameter: 27mm
Edge: 46 Raised Stars
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1910 $10 PF obverse 1910 $10 PF reverse

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Description & Analysis

The difference between the matte finish and so-called Roman Finish is profound. The matte finish was first used in the mint on regular production coins in 1908, and had been used on several medals previously. Like the previously produced brilliant finish proofs, planchets were carefully selected, however, the dies were not polished. Instead, the planchets were inserted in the high pressure medal press and struck once. After striking, the coins were taken to a small, enclosed cabinet and carefully sandblasted on each side with a stream of fine, industrial sand that imparted a dull, granular effect. The new, European-inspired proofs were not popular with collectors. But the fix in 1909-1910 proved even more unpopular. In those two years, the mint produced proofs that were struck with special dies on special planchets, but the coins received no post-striking treatment (that is, sandblasting). These coins were variously called bright proofs, Satin proofs, new style proofs, and yellow proofs. These coins proved even more unpopular with collectors than the previous matte proofs from 1908. William Woodin commented to Assistant Treasury Secretary A. Piatt Andrew in August, 1910: ' ... The present [satin] proofs of the Saint-Gaudens designs and the Pratt designs are simply rotten. I know of no other word to express it ...' Collectors today would surely agree that Woodin overreacted to the new finish, but the mint in 1910 was sensitive to the comments by collectors and especially one as influential as William Woodin.

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


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/5/2015

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1910 $10 PF
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 10000 16000 27000 42500 85000 115000 168000 - - -
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Total Graded: 23
Low Grade: 62
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 67

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2/9/2006 PCGS PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2006 February Long Beach Signature Auction #400, 400/Lot# 3220 $74,750.00
2/11/2007 NGC PF 63   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 2476 $20,125.00
4/27/2011 NGC PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2011 April Rosemont CSNS Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(3), 1154/Lot# 5456 $69,000.00
1/3/2012 NGC PF 67   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(5), 1166/Lot# 5026 $80,500.00
9/23/2013 NGC PF 67   Bonhams The Tacasyl Collection of Magnificent United States Proof Gold Coins, 20992/Lot# 1019 $184,860.00
9/23/2013 NGC PF 67   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20992/Lot# 1019 $149,760.00
4/22/2015 NGC PF 65   Matte Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(4), 1219/Lot# 5222 $82,250.00
8/13/2015 PCGS   Matte Stack's Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA, 6104/Lot# 10267 $76,375.00

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NGC Registry Score 1910 $10 PF
1910 $10 PF Matte
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