PCGS 1913 PR 66. With a mintage of only 71 pieces it is surprising that this is not the lowest mintage in the series but it is, in fact, surpassed in that area by the 1914 with only 50 pieces struck. The 1913 is comparable to the 1912 in rarity, being just a bit less rare. We estimate that perhaps 23-30 pieces may still be extant. It is interesting to note that Akers (1980) was only able to trace 13 appearances (including duplicates) in major gold sales over a 40-year period.
The matte surfaces of this coin show a fine-grain texture and this coin is even a bit darker in color than the preceding PCGS Proof 66 1912, each year seeming to grow progressively deeper in hue than the previous ones. Gone are the brighter yellows, reds, and blues of the earlier years, to be replaced with an industrial grade steel-gray patina overlaid across the otherwise subdued orange-gold surfaces. If the intention of the matte proof process was to redirect the viewer's attention away from the flash of the brilliant, mirrored finished proofs and focus on the striking details, then we would say the effort was a success. This coin greatly resembles a medal with its finish and overall strength of striking details. The surfaces seem to be perfect with no apparent contact marks on either side. There is a mild variation in the color of the gold/copper alloy with a slightly mottled color being most apparent on the reverse.
Only three coins have been certified as Proof 66 as of June (all are PCGS) and none are finer which, of course, means this coin is tied for the finest certified of this rare and highly coveted issue. (NGC ID# 28HH, PCGS# 8895)
Weight: 16.72 grams
Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
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