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

1927-S 5C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66

PCGS MS65+

PCGS MS65+
PCGS #:
3962
Diameter:
21.20 millimeters
Designer:
James Earle Fraser
Weight:
5.00 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
3,430,000
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 5,000 R-4.0 9 / 69 TIE 9 / 72 TIE
60 or Better 800 R-5.4 10 / 69 TIE 10 / 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  
2 MS65+ PCGS grade  
4 MS65 PCGS grade
4 MS65 PCGS grade
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
4 MS65 PCGS grade
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  

David Hall: The 1927-S is semi-common in lower circulated grades, but quite scarce in grades VF20 and above. It is rare in mint state and one of the rarest Buffalos of all in Gem condition. In fact, in Gem MS65 condition, only the 1920-S, 1925-S, and 1926-S are rarer. Strike varies from soft to sort of sharp. The luster is similar to the 1927-D, more brilliant than frosty, though brilliant is quite the right word as the "glow" is pretty subdued on this issue. A key date in Gem condition indeed.