1914 gave us 34 domestic and 11 foreign coins for the Year-Collector. The pride and joy of the domestic coins has to be the 1914 D Lincoln.
Babe Ruth played his first game in the majors pitching a shutout, Honus Wagner gets his 3,000th hit, and the Boston Red Sox purchase the Babe from Baltimore. None of these have anything to do with numismatics, but collectors for the past hundred years have collected both of these player’s memorabilia.
The year’s big news occurred when Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia which was the beginning of WWI. By August, all of Europe was involved. Surprisingly, the price of gold rose only to $18.99 while silver continued its slide, hitting an average of $0.503 for the year. One must remember, the US dollar was not the currency of choice during this era and therefore did not react to world conflicts as it does today.
All in all, this was a good year for numismatists with the 1914 D Lincoln showcasing the domestics, and with the Buffalo nickels enjoying some of the limelight. There was a 14/13 Buffalo that is not listed below, but it should be included if one is attempting to truly have a “complete” set. But since there is no designated spot in most books to house the coin, I have omitted it from our list. Feel free to add it to yours if you are so inclined.
The following is our list for 1914: