The Survival Estimate represents an average of one or more experts' opinions as to how many examples survive of a particular coin in three categories: 1) all grades, 2) 60 or better, and 3) 65 or better. These estimates are based on a variety of sources, including population reports, auction appearances, and personal knowledge. Survival estimates include coins that are raw, certified by PCGS, and certified by other grading services.
Numismatic Rarity converts the Survival Estimate for a particular coin into a number from 1 to 10 (with decimal increments) based on the PCGS Rarity Scale. The higher the number, the more rare the coin.
Relative Rarity By Type
Relative Rarity By Type ranks the rarity of this coin with all other coins of this Type. Lower numbers indicate rarer coins.
Relative Rarity By Series
Relative Rarity By Series ranks the rarity of this coin with all other coins of this Series. Lower numbers indicate rarer coins.
David Akers (1975/88):
This issue is certainly one of the most under-appreciated issues of the series, the Denver Mint equivalent of the 1911-S. It is very scarce in any Mint State grade and almost all of the known examples are only MS-63 or less. Even in MS-64, the 1914-D is almost never encountered and true gems probably number in the single digits! I have seen a handful of MS-65 specimens over the years but nothing better and it is entirely possible, even likely, that a specimen finer than MS-65 does not exist.
This issue is always well struck and the mintmark, though not particularly well defined, is generally quite bold with considerable relief. The lustre is usually very good (but not "booming" or radiant) and the color is typically orange and greenish gold or sometimes an attractive coppery gold. The surfaces have some granularity but not as much as the 1914 or such other Denver Mint issues as the 1908-D and 1911-D. The "eye appeal" of a high grade (MS-64 or better) specimen is invariably excellent.
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