Series notes: $10 Indian Gold (Proof)

Proof $10 Indian Head eagles were made during several years that business-strike examples were struck for the series, which spanned from 1907 through 1933. Indian $10 gold eagles are perhaps most notable for their designer, Augustus Saint-Gaudens. The world-renowned sculptor was commissioned by President Theodore Roosevelt around 1905 to redesign several United States coin series, but illness took Saint-Gaudens in 1907, before he had the chance to fully carry out the President?s numismatic vision. Only the $10 Indian eagle and the $20 Saint-Gaudens double eagle carry the artist?s designs.

Proof $10 eagles were struck from 1907 through 1915 and range from extremely scarce to exceedingly rare, depending on the proof issue in question. The 1907 Rounded Rim, Periods proof eagle is the rarest of all in terms of mintage and overall scarceness. Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) reports a mintage of just 1, and this example, graded PF67 by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) sold in 2011 for $2,185,000.

All proof Indian $10 gold eagles were struck with a matte finish and can be distinguished from business strikes by the proof?s satiny fields and bold, well-struck devices and lettering. Additionally, proof Indian eagles generally exhibit squared-off rims, as opposed to the flatter rims more typical of a business strike.

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