Owner's Comments

West Indy Coins (eBay) - October 2009.

Expert Comments

David Hall

The 1923-S is scare in circulated grades, rare in mint state, and extremely rare in Gem condition. In Gem MS65 or better condition (there are only a couple of MS66s and none better), this is one of the major rarities of the series. Only the 1920-S, 1925-S, 1926-S, and 1927-S are rarer. Strike can be a major problem with this issue and in the early 1970s I actually saw an original roll (40 coins) of strictly uncirculated coins of this date and every coin was as flat as a pancake...literally...with no horn or tail detail on the buffalo whatsoever! A Gem MS65 coin has to be a decent strike and that's the major stumbling block. Most examples have a subdued light frosty luster.

Diameter
21.20 millimeters
Designer
James Earle Fraser
Edge
Plain
Mintage
6142000
Weight
5.00 grams
Metal Content
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Region
The United States of America
Pop Higher
79
Pop Lower
1479
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 9000 R-3.2 35 / 69 35 / 72
All Grades 1400 R-4.8 23 / 69 TIE 23 / 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

Gerald R. Forsythe Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

1 MS66 PCGS grade  
	MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 6/2013:4394, $67,563

1 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS65+ PCGS grade

Legend Rare Coin Auctions 12/2016:134, $19,388 - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 1/2018:102, $19,388 -  Legend Rare Coin Auctions 7/2018:257, $17,625 - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 9/2019:164

4 MS65+ PCGS grade MS65+ PCGS grade

Legend Rare Coin Auctions 12/2016:85, $11,456 - Angel Dee’s Toned Set Collection - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 7/2017:136, $13,513