David Akers (1975/88): In terms of overall rarity, the 1914 is the second rarest issue of the series, only slightly less rare than the lower mintage, higher priced 1911-D. However, in gem condition, i.e. MS-65 or better, the 1914 may well be just as rare as the 1911-D and there are some who feel it may indeed be even more rare. In my experience the 1914 is available a little more often in MS-65 than the 1911-D but one is more likely to find a superb 1911-D (there are a few around) than a superb 1914 (are there any?).
The typical 1914 is very sharply struck with above average luster for the series. Some specimens show evidence of die buckling near the rims but most do not. The surfaces are nearly always very finely granular and the color is most often a light to medium greenish yellow gold. However, a number of examples also exist that a light rose or coppery color.
Atherton Family Collection - Heritage 3/2010:2184, $103,500
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