Expert Comments

David Hall

The 1919-S is scarce in circulated grades, rare in Mint State, and a major rarity in Gem condition. Most of the killer rarities in the Buffalo nickel series are the 1918 thru 1927 San Francisco issues. They are all extremely rare in Gem MS65 condition and almost impossiblke to find any better. For the 1919-S, only a few dozen Gems are known. Strike can often be a problem, as can a lack of decent luster. In Gem condition, the 1919-S is one of the key dates in the series.

 

PCGS #
3943
Designer
James Earle Fraser
Edge
Plain
Diameter
21.20 millimeters
Weight
5.00 grams
Mintage
7521000
Metal
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Pop Higher
0
Pop Lower
1412
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 5000 R-4.0 9 / 69 TIE 9 / 72 TIE
All Grades 800 R-5.4 10 / 69 TIE 10 / 72 TIE
60 or Better 60 R-8.4 8 / 69 TIE 8 / 72 TIE
65 or Better 5000
All Grades 800
60 or Better 60
65 or Better R-4.0
All Grades R-5.4
60 or Better R-8.4
65 or Better 9 / 69 TIE
All Grades 10 / 69 TIE
60 or Better 8 / 69 TIE
65 or Better 9 / 72 TIE
All Grades 10 / 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

Heritage 10/2006:528, $109,250 - Joseph C. Thomas Collection - Heritage 4/2009:2140, $100,625 - Stack's/Bowers 1/2013:13140, $89,300 - “Gately” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

1 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 11/2016:2038, $82,250

1 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade

Gerald R Forsythe Collection

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

Heritage 10/2006:528, $109,250 - Joseph C. Thomas Collection - Heritage 4/2009:2140, $100,625 - Stack's/Bowers 1/2013:13140, $89,300 - “Gately” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

MS66 PCGS grade #1 MS66 PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 11/2016:2038, $82,250

MS66 PCGS grade #1 MS66 PCGS grade

Gerald R Forsythe Collection

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