1914-D $20 AU55

CERTIFICATION#: -35685
PCGS#: 9165

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Sold by David Akers Numismatics Oct '97 Price realized $467.5

Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88): This issue is very similar in overall rarity to the 1910-D and 1913-D although it is not quite as difficult to find in gem condition as the latter. Any grade short of full MS-65 is quite common and it will not require much searching to find a 1914-D in MS-64 or lower grade. Gems are very scarce, however, and superb MS-67 ones. although they are known, are extremely rare. I have seen a few nearly perfect examples of this issue, with the Browning Collection specimen in a Texas bank as nice as any.

The 1914-D is typically very sharply struck with "soft" frosty, very slightly granular surfaces. (Many specimens I have seen were definitely on the satiny side but more of them have that distictive early Denver Mint frosty look.) Lustre is generally very good on this issue and the color is nearly always light to medium orange gold, often with greenish gold highlights.

Ron Guth: Nearly 30 years of certification have given us a much clearer picture of the grade distribution of most American coins.  This allows us to see what changes, if any, have occurred over the years in our perception of rarity and quality.  For the 1914-D $20, the populations in grades from MS62 to MS65 confirm that this is a common date and literally thousands have been certified in each of those grades. The rarity of MS-66 examples and the extreme rarity of MS67 examples support the assertions made by David Akers decades ago.  To date, the only 1914-D in MS67 is the remarkable PCGS MS67 in the Simpson collection.

Diameter: 34.00 millimeters Designer: Augustus Saint Gaudens Edge: Lettered
Mintage: 453,000 Weight: 33.40 grams Metal Content: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
10
1,415
1
12
1,420
15
1,425
20
1,430
25
1,435
30
1,440
35
1,440
2
40
1,450
1
45
1,450
2
45+
1,450
50
1,455
10
50+
1,455
53
1,460
8
53+
1,460
55+
1,485
58+
1,495
60
1,500
37
62+
1,630
7
63+
1,770
21

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 46,500 R-2.5 36 / 49 TIE 39 / 54 TIE
60 or Better 25,666 R-2.7 35 / 49 TIE 38 / 54 TIE
65 or Better 2,500 R-4.5 36 / 49 TIE 39 / 54 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade

Simpson Collection

2 MS66 PCGS grade

David Akers - Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Heritage 1/2012:4623, $9,775

2 MS66 PCGS grade

Bella Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade