1931-S 5C MS (PCGS# 3971)

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

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Lot Description
1931-S 5C MS67 NGC. Sunset gold blends with lovely lilac and blue toning over satiny luster on this Superb Gem 1931-S nickel. During the depression, coinage production was limited across most denominations and mints. In 1931, for example, Buffalo nickels were only minted at San Francisco, with a total production of a mere 1.2 million coins. Of course, nearly all of those coins were needed in circulation, and today Mint State specimens are scarce. In Superb Gem, the 1931-S is an extremely rare issue as the population data reveals. NGC and PCGS have only graded five coins, with none finer at either service. Census: 3 in 67, 0 finer (4/10). From The Brenda John Collection.
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