David Akers (1975/88): The 1913 is essentially on a par with the 1912 in terms of both overall rarity and condition rarity and cannot be considered to be anything more than scarce in the low Mint State grades. In MS-63 or lower grades, a 1913 can be located with very little difficulty but in MS-64, and esepcially MS-65, specimens are few and far between. Better than MS-65 is a rarified atmosphere for Indian Head half eagles and the 1913 is no exception. However, a few truly exceptional pieces do exist that are as close to perfect as issues of this type are apt to be found.
This issue is usually well struck with finely granular surfaces and very good to excellent lustre. In terms of overall appearance, the 1913 is very similar to the 1912, meaning that this is one of the better looking issues of the series in high grade. Color is typically light to medium yellow gold with some specimens having an attractive greenish tint.