1913 $5 MS66 PCGS. Ex: Simpson. The 1913 half eagl...Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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1913 Half Eagle, MS66
1913 $5 MS66 PCGS. Ex: Simpson. The 1913 half eagle is
usually glossed over in references and discussions on Indian Head
gold. With a mintage of more than 915,000 coins, the date is
plentiful in most grades and is only considered scarce in Gem
condition. But perhaps that is a mistake. The date may be
plentiful, but it is often fully struck and lustrous -- the perfect
type coin. It is also underappreciated in the top grade -- not
MS65, but MS66. NGC lists only five Premium Gem 1913 half eagles,
including possible duplication, with none finer; the Simpson coin
offered here is the only Premium Gem at PCGS -- the sole finest
The Sole Finest at PCGS
Ex: O'Neal, Incredible Quality
We have previously handled this piece twice, and have never seen another coin of comparable quality. In its previous appearances in our auctions (both in 2011), it carried CAC endorsement. The coin has now been reholdered to bear the Simpson pedigree, but the quality is unchanged. Luster glistens in the fields, and the devices are sharply detailed. The level of preservation would impress most collectors even on a 1908 or any other date that is more plentiful in high grade. But on this 1913 coin, the preservation truly sets this piece in a class by itself. For Registry collector, a finer 1913 half eagle just does not exist. Population: 1 in 66, 0 finer (4/20).
Ex: The Jim O'Neal Collection of $5 Indians (Heritage, 1/2011), lot 5148; Summer FUN Signature (Heritage, 7/2011), lot 4823.
Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 28DT, PCGS# 8525)
Weight: 8.36 grams
Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.
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