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.

 

PCGS #
3940
Designer
James Earle Fraser
Edge
Plain
Diameter
21.20 millimeters
Weight
5.00 grams
Mintage
4882000
Metal
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Pop Higher
5
Pop Lower
1035
Region
The United States of America
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

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

Condition Census Learn More

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

Gerald R. Forsythe Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

2 MS65+ PCGS grade 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
MS66 PCGS grade #1 MS66 PCGS grade

Gerald R. Forsythe Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

MS65+ PCGS grade #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