Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 1,557,000
Catalog: KM-134
Obverse Designer: James Earle Fraser
Reverse Designer: James Earle Fraser
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5.00 Grams
Diameter: 21.2mm
Edge: Plain
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1921 S 5C MS obverse 1921 S 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Only 1-1/2 million nickels were coined at the San Francisco Mint early in 1921 before the demand for additional pieces dried up completely until late 1923. This issue is scarce across all grades, and Mint State pieces are genuinely rare. Gems are very rare.

The obverse master die for 1921 was sharpened with hand engraving, resulting in a crisper rendition of the date and designer's initial. Of course, this was of little value when the working dies were permitted to wear down and become blurry. This is more of a problem with the reverse dies, as these could be carried into 1921's coinage from earlier years. Most were not removed from the press until they failed altogether. It's thus not unusual to find a 1921 S nickel that has a sharp obverse and a mushy reverse.

Like most early dates in the Buffalo Nickel series, this issue may be found in a "two-feathers" die state. Clashing and repolishing of the dies often removed the shallow feather adjacent to the Indian's neck, and this feature is barely visible on the coin illustrated. Since this is not a true variety, NGC does not recognize "two-feathers" coins.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/3/2014

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1921 S 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 60.00 110 175 375 850 1175 1300 1425 1550 1775 2000 2600 3900 8750 22500 - - - -
$ 940 1250 1375 1500 1675 1875 2200 3800 5875 12000 40000 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1079
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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8/28/2006 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 102, 107/Lot# 182 $10,925.00
1/24/2010 NGC F 12   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction #210021, 210021/Lot# 20041 $126.50
11/6/2011 PCGS MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/06/2011, 143/Lot# 19176 $7,428.30
9/18/2012 PCGS VG 10   Teletrade Auction 3349, 3349/Lot# 1031 $86.00
10/17/2012 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 24350 $720.28
2/3/2013 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg February 3-6, 2013 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 72/Lot# 1183 $9,488.00
2/23/2014 PCGS VF 20   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131409/Lot# 26598 $229.13


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1921 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2483174045639491558164918651969206821612250231924642807340648767138536782472243136828
27134645769211521588172119002002209921912273236725783007389656307138632712975272300
00000017211900200220992191227323672578300738965630713863271297500
00000017931934203521302220229624162693320643866384713872871770300
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Grade: XF 45
Points: 1649
Owner: MOKANDO
 
Grade: VF 20
Points: 949
Owner: The Wilson Collection
 
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