Owner's Comments

CAC. American Rare Coins - May 2015.

Expert Comments

David Hall

In circulated grades, the 1921-S is one of the rarest coins in the Buffalo nickel series. In Mint State and Gem uncirculated condition it is not quite as relatively rare, but is still very rare. In Gem condition, the rarest dates in the series are the 1918-S, 1919-S, 1920-S, 1923-S, 1924-S, 1925-S, 1926-S, and 1927-S. The 1921-S is the next rarity level as it is not quite as rare as those issues, but is very rare nonetheless. It is comparable in rarity in Gem condition to the 1919-D, 1920-D, 1925-D, 1927-D, and 1928-S. Strike is usually decent for a San Francisco Mint issue, though there are some survivors with weakly struck Buffalo's horn and tail. Luster is usually a subdued frosty look.

 

Diameter
21.20 millimeters
Designer
James Earle Fraser
Edge
Plain
Mintage
1557000
Weight
5.00 grams
Metal Content
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Region
The United States of America
Pop Higher
101
Pop Lower
1961
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 8500 R-3.3 34 / 69 34 / 72
All Grades 700 R-5.6 8 / 69 TIE 8 / 72 TIE
60 or Better 120 R-7.8 15 / 69 TIE 15 / 72 TIE

Condition Census

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

Heritage 2/2014:5057, $19,975