1923-S 5C MS66

CERTIFICATION#: 11736806
PCGS#: 3950

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

David Hall: The 1923-S is scare in circulated grades, rare in mint state, and extremely rare in Gem condition. In Gem MS65 or better condition (there are only a couple of MS66s and none better), this is one of the major rarities of the series. Only the 1920-S, 1925-S, 1926-S, and 1927-S are rarer. Strike can be a major problem with this issue and in the early 1970s I actually saw an original roll (40 coins) of strictly uncirculated coins of this date and every coin was as flat as a pancake...literally...with no horn or tail detail on the buffalo whatsoever! A Gem MS65 coin has to be a decent strike and that's the major stumbling block. Most examples have a subdued light frosty luster.

Diameter: 21.20 millimeters Designer: James Earle Fraser Edge: Plain
Mintage: 6,142,000 Weight: 5.00 grams Metal Content: 75% Copper, 25% Nickel
3
7
4
6
12
6
45+
330
1
50+
410
53+
435
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460
58+
570
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600
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62+
695
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875
65+
18,500
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Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 9,000 R-3.2 35 / 69 35 / 72
60 or Better 1,400 R-4.8 23 / 69 TIE 23 / 72 TIE
65 or Better 60 R-8.4 8 / 69 TIE 8 / 72 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade
3 MS65 PCGS grade
3 MS65 PCGS grade