1926-S 5C (Regular Strike)

Series: Buffalo Five Cents 1913-1938

PCGS MS65+

PCGS MS65+

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PCGS MS65+

PCGS MS65+

PCGS MS65+

PCGS MS65+

PCGS #:
3959
Designer:
James Earle Fraser
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
21.20 millimeters
Weight:
5.00 grams
Mintage:
970,000
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 11,000 R-2.9 43 / 69 TIE 44 / 72 TIE
60 or Better 500 R-6.0 6 / 69 TIE 6 / 72 TIE
65 or Better 20 R-9.1 4 / 69 4 / 72
Survival Estimate
All Grades 11,000
60 or Better 500
65 or Better 20
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-2.9
60 or Better R-6.0
65 or Better R-9.1
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 43 / 69 TIE
60 or Better 6 / 69 TIE
65 or Better 4 / 69
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 44 / 72 TIE
60 or Better 6 / 72 TIE
65 or Better 4 / 72

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS65+ PCGS grade
1 MS65+ PCGS grade

Heritage 10/2011:3409, $115,000 - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 1/2017:131, not sold

1 MS65+ PCGS grade

Rafferty Collection - Heritage 1/2018:4790, $99,000 - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 9/2018:292, not sold - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 9/2019:165

4 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 10/2012:3503, $79,312 - Heritage 4/2013:4162, $76,375

4 MS65 PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena 4/2008:218, $322,000 - Heritage 9/2013:6286, $105,750 - Heritage 1/2014:5168, $94,000

4 MS65 PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena 8/2005:267, $120,750 - Heritage 4/2009:2151, $80,500 - Maybach Collection - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 1/2019:80, $96,938

4 MS65 PCGS grade

McCarroll Collection - Goldbergs 2/2013:1195, $115,000

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

Heritage 10/2011:3409, $115,000 - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 1/2017:131, not sold

#1 MS65+ PCGS grade

Rafferty Collection - Heritage 1/2018:4790, $99,000 - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 9/2018:292, not sold - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 9/2019:165

#4 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 10/2012:3503, $79,312 - Heritage 4/2013:4162, $76,375

#4 MS65 PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena 4/2008:218, $322,000 - Heritage 9/2013:6286, $105,750 - Heritage 1/2014:5168, $94,000

#4 MS65 PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena 8/2005:267, $120,750 - Heritage 4/2009:2151, $80,500 - Maybach Collection - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 1/2019:80, $96,938

#4 MS65 PCGS grade

McCarroll Collection - Goldbergs 2/2013:1195, $115,000

#4 MS65 PCGS grade
#4 MS65 PCGS grade
#4 MS65 PCGS grade
David Hall:

The 1926-S is rare in lower circulated grades and very rare in circulated grades of VF20 or better. It is really rare in mint state condition and in Gem MS65 it is the rarest non-variety Buffalo nickel and as such it is one of the most important rarities of 20th Century numismatics. I have never seen or heard of a specimen grading above MS65. Strike can be somewhat of a problem with this issue, but not as much so as with the 1920-S, 1923-S and 1925-S. It's not the strike, it's the fact that not many Gem examples exist at all. Luster is of the subdued semi-satiny type. Excluding the 1918/7-D overdate, this issue is THE key date to the Buffalo nickel series.