Expert Comments

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.

 

Diameter
21.20 millimeters
Designer
James Earle Fraser
Edge
Plain
Mintage
4882000
Weight
5.00 grams
Metal Content
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Country
The United States of America
Pop Higher
5
Pop Lower
1030
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 4500 R-4.1 5 / 69 TIE 5 / 72 TIE
All Grades 700 R-5.6 8 / 69 TIE 8 / 72 TIE
60 or Better 60 R-8.4 8 / 69 TIE 8 / 72 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS65+ PCGS grade
2 MS65+ PCGS grade
4 MS65 PCGS grade

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

4 MS65 PCGS grade MS65 PCGS grade

High Desert Collection (PCGS Set Registry)