1921-S 5C XF45

CERTIFICATION#: 05668948
PCGS#: 3948

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

David Hall: In circulated grades, the 1921-S is one of the rarest coins in the Buffalo nickel series. In Mint State and Gem uncirculated condition it is not quite as relatively rare, but is still very rare. In Gem condition, the rarest dates in the series are the 1918-S, 1919-S, 1920-S, 1923-S, 1924-S, 1925-S, 1926-S, and 1927-S. The 1921-S is the next rarity level as it is not quite as rare as those issues, but is very rare nonetheless. It is comparable in rarity in Gem condition to the 1919-D, 1920-D, 1925-D, 1927-D, and 1928-S. Strike is usually decent for a San Francisco Mint issue, though there are some survivors with weakly struck Buffalo's horn and tail. Luster is usually a subdued frosty look.

 

Diameter: 21.20 millimeters Designer: James Earle Fraser Edge: Plain
Mintage: 1,557,000 Weight: 5.00 grams Metal Content: 75% Copper, 25% Nickel
3
42
3
45+
1,075
50+
1,225
53+
1,325
55+
1,415
58+
1,550
60
1,650
1
62+
1,975
63+
3,200
65+
12,500

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 8,500 R-3.3 34 / 69 34 / 72
60 or Better 700 R-5.6 8 / 69 TIE 8 / 72 TIE
65 or Better 120 R-7.8 15 / 69 TIE 15 / 72 TIE

Condition Census

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