1918-S 5C MS (PCGS# 3940)

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

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Lot Description
1918-S 5C MS65 NGC. The 1918-S nickel is well known to the legions of Buffalo nickel collectors as one of the major mintmarked rarities of the series, one that is challenging both in terms of condition and strike. This is a simply marvelous specimen that exhibits glowing luster, partially a function of metal flow in the fields from die fatigue. The strike is nonetheless sharp, with good articulation on the date, the Indian's braid, the bison's shoulder, and the horn. The obverse shows bold die clashing, the obverse in the form of a "goatee" under the Indian's chin from IN GOD WE TRUST, as often seen in the series, and behind the Indian's neck. The surfaces are golden-gray with tinges of blue and pink in the recesses. Census: 14 in 65, 2 finer (4/10).
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