1913-S GOLD $5 INDIAN
PCGS MS641913-S $5 Indian Head Half Eagle Gold Coin - PCGS MS 64
This 1913-S $5 Indian Head Half Eagle Gold Coin graded PCGS MS 64 is us one of the great conditional rarity in the series. Five dollar gold pieces struck at the San Francisco Mint in 1913 present a challenge to collectors for two reasons: the issue was poorly made and most of the mintage of coins entered circulation.
This 1913 San Francisco Mint coin is among the scarcer Indian half eagles in circulated grades, and it is rare in Mint State. Most Uncirculated survivors are found in MS-60 to MS-62 and have limited eye appeal. Choice examples in MS-63 and MS-64 are very elusive, with Gems all but unknown. The 1913-S half eagle is almost non-existent at the MS64 level. In fact, it is among the rarest dates in the series in Gem condition and are seldom offered for sale.
They were designed by Bela Lyon Pratt and were first put into production in 1908, replacing the Liberty Head design. The Bela Lyon Pratt designs were released just one year after the Augustus Saint-Gaudens eagle and double eagle and were among the four coin series that was a renaissance in U.S coinage design, commissioned by President Teddy Roosevelt. The Indian Head half eagle and quarter feature an incuse design on the obverse, which features a Native American wearing a traditional headdress. Inscriptions include ''LIBERTY'' and the year of mintage. The reverse side displays an American eagle standing on a bundle of arrows which are wrapped in an olive branch. The denomination is inscribed below.
PCGS has graded 16 in MS64, with only 2 finer. NGC has only graded 9 in MS64 with 3 finer and NGC the price guide is $28,000. This Indian Gold $5 Half Eagle is a collector favorite and won't last long at this price.