1918-S 5C MS (PCGS# 3940)

2010 June Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1140

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1918-S 5C MS66 NGC. The 1918-S Buffalo nickel is an issue that needs no introduction to dedicated series specialists, although we hope this marvelous collection may incite many new numismatists to consider the challenging but extremely rewarding pastime of collecting Buffalo nickels. Except for Lincoln cents--which this collection also features in abundance--the Buffalo nickel series is likely the most widely collected small denomination in all U.S. coinage. The 1918-S Buffalo nickel is a conditional rarity of the highest order within the series. As Exhibit 1 in the evidence, we offer the combined certified populations at NGC and PCGS of the 1918-S nickels certified in MS66: a precise total of three coins, two at NGC and one at PCGS (4/10)--needless to say, there are none finer. David Lange explains the quality challenges of the issue in this way: {blockquote}"The striking problem noted for 1918(P) and D is much worse for 1918-S. In addition, the date is sometimes weak, especially in the first two digits. Most examples have frosty luster that is somewhat subdued. A very bright 1918-S nickel is a rarity, but then so are mint state examples of any quality."{/blockquote} Soft luster filters through gold and mauve toning that is slightly deeper on the reverse. The strike is strong overall, with only minor weakness visible on the bison's shoulder and the center of the portrait's braid. An uncommonly attractive example of this challenging issue, smooth and extremely attractive, with just a few tiny marks and flyspecks scattered on the obverse. From The Brenda John Collection.
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