1923-S 5C (Regular Strike)

Series: Buffalo Five Cents 1913-1938

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

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PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS #:
3950
Designer:
James Earle Fraser
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
21.20 millimeters
Weight:
5.00 grams
Mintage:
6,142,000
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 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
Survival Estimate
All Grades 9,000
60 or Better 1,400
65 or Better 60
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-3.2
60 or Better R-4.8
65 or Better R-8.4
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 35 / 69
60 or Better 23 / 69 TIE
65 or Better 8 / 69 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 35 / 72
60 or Better 23 / 72 TIE
65 or Better 8 / 72 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade

Gerald R. Forsythe Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

1 MS66 PCGS grade  
	MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 6/2013:4394, $67,563

1 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS65+ PCGS grade

Legend Rare Coin Auctions 12/2016:134, $19,388 - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 1/2018:102, $19,388 -  Legend Rare Coin Auctions 7/2018:257, $17,625 - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 9/2019:164

4 MS65+ PCGS grade MS65+ PCGS grade

Legend Rare Coin Auctions 12/2016:85, $11,456 - Angel Dee’s Toned Set Collection - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 7/2017:136, $13,513

4 MS65+ PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 10/2018:2052, not sold

4 MS65+ PCGS grade
4 MS65+ PCGS grade
4 MS65+ PCGS grade
4 MS65+ PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade

Gerald R. Forsythe Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

 
	MS66 PCGS grade 
#1 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 6/2013:4394, $67,563

#1 MS66 PCGS grade
#4 MS65+ PCGS grade

Legend Rare Coin Auctions 12/2016:134, $19,388 - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 1/2018:102, $19,388 -  Legend Rare Coin Auctions 7/2018:257, $17,625 - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 9/2019:164

MS65+ PCGS grade #4 MS65+ PCGS grade

Legend Rare Coin Auctions 12/2016:85, $11,456 - Angel Dee’s Toned Set Collection - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 7/2017:136, $13,513

#4 MS65+ PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 10/2018:2052, not sold

#4 MS65+ PCGS grade
#4 MS65+ PCGS grade
#4 MS65+ PCGS grade
#4 MS65+ PCGS grade
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.

Regency XI Preview | Legend Rare Coin Auctions | February 19, 2015

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