1918-S 5C MS (PCGS# 3940)

2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia #1173

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Lot Description
1918-S 5C MS65 PCGS. The 1918-S Buffalo nickel faced some production problems, as illustrated by David Lange (2006). First, the strike is often weak, with the first two date digits sometimes incomplete. Also, most examples have frosty luster that is somewhat subdued. The present Gem deviates from Lange's profile. The strike is strong throughout, including the date, braid, LIBERTY, most of the bison's fur, and the tail. The luster is full and can be classified as pleasingly semibright. Low- to medium-intensity violet, champagne-gold, and beige-gold patination adorns both sides, each of which is devoid of significant marks or spots. Population: 31 in 65, 1 finer (6/12).
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