1918-S 5C (Regular Strike)

Series: Buffalo Five Cents 1913-1938

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

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PCGS MS65+

PCGS MS65+

PCGS MS65+

PCGS MS65+

PCGS #:
3940
Designer:
James Earle Fraser
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
21.20 millimeters
Weight:
5.00 grams
Mintage:
4,882,000
Mint:
San Francisco
Metal:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Major Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
Current Auctions - NGC Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - PCGS Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 4,500 R-4.1 5 / 69 TIE 5 / 72 TIE
60 or Better 700 R-5.6 8 / 69 TIE 8 / 72 TIE
65 or Better 60 R-8.4 8 / 69 TIE 8 / 72 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 4,500
60 or Better 700
65 or Better 60
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-4.1
60 or Better R-5.6
65 or Better R-8.4
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 5 / 69 TIE
60 or Better 8 / 69 TIE
65 or Better 8 / 69 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 5 / 72 TIE
60 or Better 8 / 72 TIE
65 or Better 8 / 72 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

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

Gerald R. Forsythe Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

2 MS65+ PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2015:4044, $24,675 - Angel Dee’s Toned Set Collection - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 12/2016:75, $29,375 - D.L. Hansen Collection

2 MS65+ PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 8/2016:3047, $23,500

2 MS65+ PCGS grade
2 MS65+ PCGS grade
6 MS65 PCGS grade MS65 PCGS grade

High Desert Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

6 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 7/2005:10137 -
Heritage 8/2011:7055, $19,550

6 MS65 PCGS grade
6 MS65 PCGS grade
6 MS65 PCGS grade
MS66 PCGS grade #1 MS66 PCGS grade

Gerald R. Forsythe Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

#2 MS65+ PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2015:4044, $24,675 - Angel Dee’s Toned Set Collection - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 12/2016:75, $29,375 - D.L. Hansen Collection

#2 MS65+ PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 8/2016:3047, $23,500

#2 MS65+ PCGS grade
#2 MS65+ PCGS grade
MS65 PCGS grade #6 MS65 PCGS grade

High Desert Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

#6 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 7/2005:10137 -
Heritage 8/2011:7055, $19,550

#6 MS65 PCGS grade
#6 MS65 PCGS grade
#6 MS65 PCGS grade
David Hall:

The 1918-S is scarce in circulated grades, rare in Mint State, and very rare in Gem condition. In fact, in Gem condition it is the rarest regular strike (non-variety) 1913 to 1919 Buffalo nickel. Strike can be an issue and many Mint State survivors show softness of the hair braid and Buffalo's horn and tail. Sharply struck examples are definitely the exception. Luster can be muted or somewhat frosty. In Gem condition this coin is a major rarity.