1914-S $5 XF40

CERTIFICATION#: -35457
PCGS#: 8529

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Sold by David Akers Numismatics Oct '97 Price realized $880

Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88): The 1914-S is one of the great rarities of the 20th-century United States gold series in MS-64 or better condition. The one in my own personal collection, a highly lustrous MS-65, is the only true gem I have seen, but I have handled two others, now in private West Coast collections, that are very close. A strictly graded MS-63 is also very rare although there once was a mini-hoard of Uncirculated coins that does make the MS-60 to 62 specimens possible to locate with just a little diligent searching.

This issue is usually rather well struck, but the surfaces are nearly always granular and decidedly lacklustre. A very few specimens, however, have a somewhat satiny look and excellent lustre that compares favorably to a nice 1910-S, for example. The quality of manufacture is a distinct cut above the 1913-S and 1912-S but the mintmark is typically a poorly defined "blob," although a few examples do have a sharp "S." The color is usually a greenish gold and orange. Some specimens show obvious die buckling near the rims. Overall, the 1914-S is very similar in appearance to the 1911-S and 1915-S.

Diameter: 21.60 millimeters Designer: Bela Lyon Pratt Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 263,000 Weight: 8.24 grams Metal Content: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
12
555
15
565
20
575
25
585
30
590
2
45+
690
50+
745
53+
800
55+
965
58+
1,230
62+
8,200
2
63+
22,500
64+
95,000
1

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 3,750 R-4.2 10 / 24 TIE 10 / 24 TIE
60 or Better 783 R-5.4 10 / 24 10 / 24
65 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 24 TIE 1 / 24 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64+ PCGS grade
1 MS64+ PCGS grade   Simpson Collection
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
1 MS64 PCGS grade