1920-S 5C MS (PCGS# 3946)

2012 March 8-11 US Coin Signature Auction - New York #1168

  • Auctioneer:
    Heritage Auctions
  • Lot Number:
    3187
  • Grade:
    MS65*
  • Price:
    $10,925.00
Lot Description
1920-S 5C MS65 S NGC. Most authorities on the Buffalo nickels are critical of the quality of 1920-S nickels, with both strike and luster given the proverbial thumbs-down. While the strike is not spectacular on the present Gem -- and good luck finding a coin with such a strike! -- the luster and toning more than make up any deficit in eye appeal. Liquid-frost luster is silver-to-blue in the centers with lush gold, orange, rose, and violet peripheral elements. Surface quality is excellent, as demanded of a Gem. The sole MS65 S example of the issue known to NGC, with only one MS66 (non-Star) coin numerically finer in the Census (1/12).
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