1913-S $5 (Regular Strike)

Series: Indian Head $5 1908-1929

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

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PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64

PCGS #:
8526
Designer:
Bela Lyon Pratt
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
21.60 millimeters
Weight:
8.36 grams
Mintage:
408,000
Mint:
San Francisco
Metal:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
Current Auctions - NGC Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - PCGS Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

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
Survival Estimate
All Grades 3,333
60 or Better 666
65 or Better 5
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-4.3
60 or Better R-5.6
65 or Better R-9.7
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 9 / 24
60 or Better 7 / 24 TIE
65 or Better 6 / 24 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 9 / 24
60 or Better 7 / 24 TIE
65 or Better 6 / 24 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade 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

Superior 3/2000:928 - Bowers & Merena 8/2001:397 - Heritage 1/2002:8207 - Heritage 1/2010:2200 - Harbor View Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 10/2015:74, not sold - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 12/2016:458, not sold

4 MS65 estimated grade

Superior 6/1999:3633, not sold

6 MS64 PCGS grade
6 MS64 PCGS grade
6 MS64 PCGS grade
6 MS64 PCGS grade
6 MS64 PCGS grade
MS66 PCGS grade #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

Superior 3/2000:928 - Bowers & Merena 8/2001:397 - Heritage 1/2002:8207 - Heritage 1/2010:2200 - Harbor View Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 10/2015:74, not sold - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 12/2016:458, not sold

#4 MS65 estimated grade

Superior 6/1999:3633, not sold

#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.