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SERIES: Indian Head $5 1908-1929
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1913-S $5 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64
PCGS #:
8526
Diameter:
21.60 millimeters
Designer:
Bela Lyon Pratt
Weight:
8.24 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
408,000
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$258,500 • PCGS MS66 • 1-9-2013 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 3,333 R-4.3 9 / 24 9 / 24
60 or Better 666 R-5.6 7 / 24 TIE 7 / 24 TIE
65 or Better 5 R-9.7 6 / 24 TIE 6 / 24 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade

Dr. Thaine B. Price Collection - David Akers 5/1998:32, $110,000 - Bowers & Merena 1/1999:1447, $156,500 - Jim O'Neal Collection of $5 Indians - Heritage 1/2011:5149, $218,500 - Heritage 1/2013:5888, $258,500 - Simpson Collection

1 MS66 estimated grade  
1 MS66 estimated grade  
4 MS65 PCGS grade  
4 MS65 estimated grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade

Dr. Thaine B. Price Collection - David Akers 5/1998:32, $110,000 - Bowers & Merena 1/1999:1447, $156,500 - Jim O'Neal Collection of $5 Indians - Heritage 1/2011:5149, $218,500 - Heritage 1/2013:5888, $258,500 - Simpson Collection

1 MS66 estimated grade  
1 MS66 estimated grade  
4 MS65 PCGS grade  
4 MS65 estimated grade  
6 MS64 PCGS grade
6 MS64 PCGS grade
6 MS64 PCGS grade  
6 MS64 PCGS grade  
6 MS64 PCGS grade  
David Akers (1975/88): In terms of both overall rarity and condition rarity, the 1913-S is quite similar to the 1909-S, 1910-S, 1911-S and 1912-S. In MS-63 or higher grade, this issue is really very rare and gems are almost never available. At least one example better than MS-65 is known, the incredible specimen now owned by Dr. Steven Duckor, a coin formerly in the 1978 GENA sale. It looks just like a superb 1910-S and is in a class all its own. In fact, it is one of the finest Indian Head half eagles of any date or mint that I have ever seen.

The 1913-S was minted to a generally higher standard than the 1912-S but, for most known Mint State examples of this issue, not by very much. The strike is typically only average to good and the mintmark is usually very weak and little more than a shapeless "blob." Problems near the border indicate die deterioration again and the lustre is nearly always sub-par. Amazingly, however, there are a few specimens with superb lustre, a full strike and a reasonably sharp and well-defined mintmark (cf. the Dr. Steven Duckor specimen). Color is similar to the 1912-S, typically a light rose or orange gold.