PCGS Auction Prices
1918-S Buffalo Nickel
Original Lot at Stack's Bowers
||The January 2013 Americana Sale
||1918-S Buffalo Nickel. MS-66 * (NGC). Stunning quality for this late key date issue, which is virtually unobtainable in gem grades, this stellar MS-66 with the star designation will certainly charm the specialist. The strike is much sharper than average for the date and mint, as the bison's horn is crisp to its point, even the beast's tail shows its curious little finger pointing tip aimed at his head. No traces softness on the tops of the lettering in the legend, and this must have been an early strike from these dies. The toning is out of this world with glowing teal wisps to the centers spanning out toward the rim, where lemon, rose, crimson and green pastel hues are located. Free of carbon issues, so the eye appeal remains strong. Surface quality is outstanding, with nary a tick or bagmark to be found, after searching the surfaces over with a strong loupe, one must declare this to be one of the finest known 1918-S buffalo nickels in existence. NGC has certified 2 at this lofty level, with none seen finer--this example is also earned their coveted * for eye appeal. PCGS has certified a single example at this grade level, but none finer. From the original mintage of 4,882,000 pieces, the present offering is almost certainly one of the three finest to exist, and worthy of the most advanced collection.