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SERIES: Buffalo Five Cents 1913-1938
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1918-S 5C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66

PCGS MS65+

PCGS MS65+
PCGS #:
3940
Diameter:
21.20 millimeters
Designer:
James Earle Fraser
Weight:
5.00 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
4,882,000
Metal Content:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Auction Record:
$125,350 • NGC MS66 • 4-1-2008 • Bowers & Merena
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 4,500 R-4.1 5 / 69 TIE 5 / 72 TIE
60 or Better 700 R-5.6 8 / 69 TIE 8 / 72 TIE
65 or Better 60 R-8.4 8 / 69 TIE 8 / 72 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS65+ PCGS grade  
2 MS65+ PCGS grade  
4 MS65 PCGS grade  

Heritage 7/2005:10137 -
Heritage 8/2011:7055, $19,550

4 MS65 PCGS grade

High Desert Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS65+ PCGS grade  
2 MS65+ PCGS grade  
4 MS65 PCGS grade  

Heritage 7/2005:10137 -
Heritage 8/2011:7055, $19,550

4 MS65 PCGS grade

High Desert Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

4 MS65 PCGS grade  
4 MS65 PCGS grade  
4 MS65 PCGS grade  
4 MS65 PCGS grade  
4 MS65 PCGS grade  

David Hall: The 1918-S is scarce in circulated grades, rare in Mint State, and very rare in Gem condition. In fact, in Gem condition it is the rarest regular strike (non-variety) 1913 to 1919 Buffalo nickel. Strike can be an issue and many Mint State survivors show softness of the hair braid and Buffalo's horn and tail. Sharply struck examples are definitely the exception. Luster can be muted or somewhat frosty. In Gem condition this coin is a major rarity.