David Akers (1975/88): The 1914-S is one of the most common of the early issues in Mint State, and literally thousands of examples are known. In grade up to and including MS-64, this issue is easy to locate. Even gems can be found with some regularity, and I have seen many such pieces. There are also some superb quality, in fact, nearly perfect examples, of the 1914-S known. Several hoards of more than a thousand pieces have been dispersed in the last 15 years.
The 1914-S is usually well struck and the surfaces of most specimens have a very fine granularity and a somewhat satiny texture. Lustre is nearly always very good to excellent. The color is rarely less than excellent and is often outstanding; most examples have a light to medium orange and greenish gold color. Top grade examples of this issue (and there are quite a few) can be exceptionally attractive.
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