Expert Comments

David Hall

The 1915-S is a low mintage issue that is quite scarce in circulated grades and one of the most expensive Buffalo nickels in low grade. Uncirculated specimens are not quite as rare relative to the other Branch Mint nickels of this era. In other words, the 1915-S is rarer than its contemporaries in circulated condition but about equal to them in uncirculated and even Gem condition. Strike is only occasionally a problem as this is one of the better struck S Mint Buffalos. Luster can be either subdued or somewhat frosty.

 

 

Diameter
21.20 millimeters
Designer
James Earle Fraser
Edge
Plain
Mintage
1505000
Weight
5.00 grams
Metal Content
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Region
The United States of America
Pop Higher
7
Pop Lower
1717
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 6000 R-3.8 13 / 69 TIE 13 / 72 TIE
All Grades 1000 R-5.0 16 / 69 TIE 16 / 72 TIE
60 or Better 225 R-6.7 23 / 69 TIE 23 / 72 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
	PCGS #3929 (MS) 67

Heritage 7/2009:1043, $43,125

1 MS67 PCGS grade MS67 PCGS grade

Gerald Forsythe Collection

1 MS67 PCGS grade
4 MS66+ PCGS grade
5 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade

High Desert Collection (PCGS Set Registry)