Expert Comments

David Hall

The 1925-S is somewhat scarce in lower circulated grades, but higher grade circulated examples are much tougher to find. This issue is rare in mint state and extremely rare in Gem condition. In fact, it is the third rarest Buffalo in Gem condition (non-variety), barely trailing the 1920-S and 1926-S. All three of those issues are super hard to find in Gem MS65 condition and all but impossible to find in grades above MS65. Strike can be a major problem with the 1925-S as many mint state examples have very weakly struck Buffalo horn and tail and Indian hair braid detail. Luster is of the subdued frosty type. This is one of the key dates in the Buffalo nickel series.


21.20 millimeters
James Earle Fraser
5.00 grams
Metal Content
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
The United States of America
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PCGS Population
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Rarity and Survival Estimates

65 or Better 7000 R-3.6 20 / 69 TIE 20 / 72 TIE
All Grades 1000 R-5.0 16 / 69 TIE 16 / 72 TIE
60 or Better 35 R-8.8 6 / 69 TIE 6 / 72 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS65 PCGS grade MS65 PCGS grade

High Desert Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

2 MS65 PCGS grade PCGS #3956 (MS)     65
2 MS65 PCGS grade MS65 PCGS grade
2 MS65 PCGS grade PCGS #3956 (MS)     65