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    Superb Gem Proof 1914 Half Eagle

    1914 $5 PR67 NGC. The Philadelphia Mint was far from averse to tinkering with the appearance of proof gold coinage during the 1908-15 era, so that many proof gold coins have slightly (or noticeably) different surface appearances from one year to the next, as well as over the lifespan of a particular series. The Indian Head quarter eagles, half eagles, and eagles showed radically different treatments from the typically brilliant proof surfaces previously seen on the Liberty Head proof gold coin series. While the proof half eagles of 1912 and 1913 showed a fine sandblast appearance, in 1914 the Mint slightly increased the size of the microscopic tiny facets, giving the coins a somewhat coarser surface appearance. Although the recorded mintage is 125 pieces, this issue is among the most difficult Indian Head half eagle proofs to obtain, exceeded only by the 1915 and 1909 issues.
    It is difficult to explain the low survival rate of the 1914 issues. However, one must consider that Europe was on the verge of war during much of 1914, before open hostilities broke out in July and August. The United States declared its neutrality and strove to preserve it from 1914 until 1917. In such an unsure political environment, it is easy to see how a number of proof gold pieces might have entered circulation rather than being held for future generations. The present specimen, graded PR67 by NGC, is among five pieces so graded at that service, exceeded by only four pieces. The highest-graded examples at PCGS are a pair of PR66 pieces (11/06). This proof shows distinctive khaki surfaces that resemble the proofs from 1908, only the granules are smaller on this piece than those from 1908. Strong magnification reveals a couple of microscopic marks that prevent an even higher grade, but these are not worthy of individual mention and do not affect the overall appearance of this magnificent piece of matte proof gold.
    From The Dr. Robert J. Loewinger Collection.(Registry values: N10218)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 28E8, PCGS# 8545)

    Weight: 8.36 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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