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

1925-S 5C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65
PCGS #:
3956
Diameter:
21.20 millimeters
Designer:
James Earle Fraser
Weight:
5.00 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
6,256,000
Metal Content:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Auction Record:
$87,400 • NGC MS66 • 8-5-2009 • 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 7,000 R-3.6 20 / 69 TIE 20 / 72 TIE
60 or Better 1,000 R-5.0 16 / 69 TIE 16 / 72 TIE
65 or Better 35 R-8.8 6 / 69 TIE 6 / 72 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS65 PCGS grade

High Desert Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

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

High Desert Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

2 MS65 PCGS grade
2 MS65 PCGS grade
2 MS65 PCGS grade
2 MS65 PCGS grade
2 MS65 PCGS grade  
2 MS65 PCGS grade  
2 MS65 PCGS grade  
2 MS65 PCGS grade  

David Hall: The 1925-S is somewhat scarce in lower circulated grades, but higher grade circulated examples are much tougher to find. This issue is rare in mint state and extremely rare in Gem condition. In fact, it is the third rarest Buffalo in Gem condition (non-variety), barely trailing the 1920-S and 1926-S. All three of those issues are super hard to find in Gem MS65 condition and all but impossible to find in grades above MS65. Strike can be a major problem with the 1925-S as many mint state examples have very weakly struck Buffalo horn and tail and Indian hair braid detail. Luster is of the subdued frosty type. This is one of the key dates in the Buffalo nickel series.