||1910 $5 MS65 NGC. CAC. Pratt's sunken relief design received much criticism when it debuted on the half eagle in 1908, but the vulnerability of the exposed fields to excessive abrasions was not among the complaints that made the headlines. This negative characteristic would not be discovered until years later, when increased collector interest in the series revealed the scarcity of Gem-quality examples. The 1910 is a typical date in this regard, as MS65-graded survivors are among the more challenging in the series to locate. This piece exhibits crisp design definition, with satiny luster that illuminates soft honey and olive-gold hues on each side. As the lofty grade suggests, the surfaces are free of all but the most minute luster grazes. Census: 33 in 65, 3 finer (8/14). Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $12337.50. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.