Expert Comments

David Hall

The 1930-S is an interesting issue. It is fairly common in circulated grades, but it is definitely scarce in mint state. It is way rarer in mint state and Gem condition than the San Francisco Mint issues that follow, including the ultra low mintage 1931-S. The 1930-S is usually decently struck by S-Mint Buffalo nickel standards. Luster is usually very frosty and iridescent.

 

Diameter
21.20 millimeters
Designer
James Earle Fraser
Edge
Plain
Mintage
5435000
Weight
5.00 grams
Metal Content
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Country
The United States of America
Pop Higher
0
Pop Lower
1775
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 8000 R-3.4 28 / 69 TIE 28 / 72 TIE
All Grades 2200 R-4.5 38 / 69 TIE 38 / 72 TIE
60 or Better 1000 R-5.0 43 / 69 TIE 44 / 72 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67+ PCGS grade MS67+ PCGS grade

“Angel Dee’s Toned Set” Collection (PCGS Set Registry) - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 12/2016:105, $19,387.50

1 MS67+ PCGS grade MS67+ PCGS grade

Heritage 8/2017:3914, $30,550

3 MS67 PCGS grade MS67 PCGS grade
3 MS67 PCGS grade MS67 PCGS grade
3 MS67 PCGS grade