History, Information, and Value of 1914 Indian Quarter Eagle Gold
Value of 1914 Indian Head Quarter Eagle
With the second lowest mintage of the Indian Head quarter eagle series, the 1914 quarter eagle is considered a semi-key date. The strike is usually very sharp, with only trivial weakness at the central obverse visible at times. Later die states will betray a subtle swelling at the peripheries, as well. The surfaces often feature numerous abrasions, and eye appeal is overall below average. Most pieces will display subdued and somewhat granular luster, placing a strong demand on vibrant, original examples. Original examples will also display rich yellow-gold color, at times with greenish or orange tendencies.
Despite this year’s key-date status, examples are readily available up through MS-62, and MS-63 pieces are just slightly more elusive. However, pieces grading MS-64 are considerably scarce and Gems are extremely rare, with certified populations having been inflated by resubmissions. Specialist suggest that fewer than a dozen coins exist in graded above MS-65, the finest of which top out at MS-67.
Proofs: The Sand Blast Proof 1914 Philadelphia Mint quarter eagle has the second lowest mintage of the type at just 117 pieces. Despite its popularity today, the Sand Blast finish proved unpopular with contemporary collectors who were accustomed to the brilliant cameo finish used for the earlier Proof Liberty Head gold coinage. Many Proof 1914 quarter eagles were eventually destroyed in the Mint when they failed to find buyers, making the issue rarer today than the mintage might imply. We estimate that only 75 to 95 coins are extant in all grades, ranking the 1914 as the fifth rarest of the eight Proof Indian Head quarter eagle issues.
The text on the Indian Head Quarter Eagle reads as follows. Obverse: LIBERTY; Date; B.L.P. | Reverse: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA; E PLURIBUS UNUM; 2 1/2 DOLLARS; IN GOD WE TRUST
If the text on your coin is not consistent with the text above, you either have a counterfeit, or you have a silver round with gold toning. Silver rounds were introduced recently that bear this same design. With gold toning covering them, it could be easy to confuse your coin for a gold coin. Please look for the word “Copy,” “0.999 Fine,” or “Silver,” before asking our experts what the value of your gold coin is. If you need help determining the condition of your coin, we are rare coin experts and would love to help.