Exceptionally Sharp Gem 1913 Matte Proof Five1913 PR 65 NGC. Ex: Trompeter. Only 99 proofs were reportedly struck in this year with far fewer known today. Most authorities assert that some two dozen pieces of this date are still extant, but we believe the actual number may be somewhere in the range of 30-45 coins. It is worth noting that when Akers compiled the data for his reference on the half eagle series he only recorded 18 appearances over a 37-year period. And when Breen published his 1977 book on proof coinage he was unable to find any recent auction records.
The 1913 continues the same matte or sandblast finish of proofing with the surface texture of this piece virtually identical to the preceding 1912. The surfaces of this piece, however, have a markedly different color from the previous year with a subdued green-gold finish. Traces of a wire rim show on the right portion of the obverse and also on the left half of the reverse. This piece is identifiable by a minute "flyspeck" between the fifth and sixth stars, and another in front of the upper lip of the Native American. A sharp looking, full gem example that approaches the top of the Condition Census. Population: 2 in 65, only 7 finer (7/98). (PCGS# 8544)
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