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.

 

PCGS #
3948
Designer
James Earle Fraser
Edge
Plain
Diameter
21.20 millimeters
Weight
5.00 grams
Mintage
1557000
Metal
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Pop Higher
0
Pop Lower
2307
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 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
65 or Better 8500
All Grades 700
60 or Better 120
65 or Better R-3.3
All Grades R-5.6
60 or Better R-7.8
65 or Better 34 / 69
All Grades 8 / 69 TIE
60 or Better 15 / 69 TIE
65 or Better 34 / 72
All Grades 8 / 72 TIE
60 or Better 15 / 72 TIE

Condition Census Learn More

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

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
#1 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 2/2014:5057, $19,975