Among problem coins, some problems are worse than others.
On the scale of severity, coins obviously used in jewelry, with
mounts, and those so heavily polished that little original surface
remains are among the most problematic. These problem coins can
provide an opportunity because they allow a collector to own a rarity
that he or she may not otherwise afford, but they sell at a steep
discount to coins without similar impairments.
In this Market Analysis series, we're profiling three expensive gold
coins with major problems that were offered at auctions in the past
year and provided entry-level examples.
Here is one of them.
1930-S Indian Head $10 eagle, NGC, About
Uncirculated Details, Polished
While cleaning can have a gray area as to what is market acceptable
and what isn’t, a polished coin is much easier to spot and define. At
Stack’s Bowers’ 2016 Summer ANA auction, this 1930-S Indian Head $10
eagle graded AU Details, Polished, by Numismatic Guaranty Corp., had
the fully unnatural luster and glossiness that one would expect from a
heavily polished coin. It represented the ultimate entry level
opportunity for a buyer to purchase a coin that is generally priced
well into the five-figure range.
Indian Head $10 eagle: The $20 gold
double eagle designed by sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens is
acclaimed as one of the most beautiful coins ever struck by the U.S.
Mint. Yet another Saint-Gaudens creation, the Indian Head $10 gold
eagle, is somewhat overlooked in comparison. How much are Indian Head $10 eagles worth?
It too is very scarce, from a mintage of 96,000 coins, of which
most were melted. Examples are usually found in Mint State grades and
only a few hundred exist today. The $8,812.50 this piece realized
represented another potential bargain for the buyer, since one graded
AU-53 by Processional Coin Grading Service sold for $30,550 at a 2014 auction.
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solder showing from previous mounting, this coin topped $18,000:
Problem coins like this one can provide an opportunity because they
allow a collector to own a rarity that he or she may not otherwise afford.