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1919-S 5C MS66 PCGS. An awesomely and stunningly detailed example of this postwar issue. The 1919-S has achieved notoriety ...

2006 October Dallas Signature Coin Auction #428

 
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Auction Ended On: Oct 24, 2006
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Sharp, Delectably Toned MS66 1919-S Nickel, Finest at Either Service
1919-S 5C MS66 PCGS. An awesomely and stunningly detailed example of this postwar issue. The 1919-S has achieved notoriety as one of the worst-struck issues in the Buffalo nickel series. However, the present example is so remarkable that it contradicts every point that David Lange makes regarding the issue in the third edition (2006) of The Complete Guide to Buffalo Nickels. Lange comments: "This date is notorious for being weakly struck, particularly on the reverse. Problem areas include the border, denomination, mintmark and the bison's head with its all-important horn. Mint state coins may look worn, yet lustrous. ... 1919-S nickels have disappointing luster. The typically seen mushy example may have the smooth, mercury-like luster so common to weakly struck nickels, but it is seldom accompanied by the brilliance often associated with such coins. Toned examples are common, and this toning is usually not attractive."
While this coin is a hair short of being fully struck, it is certainly one of the most phenomenally well struck 1919-S Buffalo nickels in existence, especially on the reverse. To say so in no way diminishes the incredibly strong obverse strike. The buffalo's head and shoulder are positively furry, although the right (facing) front leg shows a tad less sharpness than desired. The horn is full and crisp, the tail is almost completely split, and the denomination and mintmark are bold. The obverse is equally strong, although a touch of softness shows just above the braid knot.
Any discussion of this coin must also mention the stunning, gorgeous toning that distinguishes this coin from any other. Both sides sport translucent patina with lilac, ice-blue, sunset-gold, and jade-green predominant. The patina is nonetheless light and translucent, so that bountiful luster bursts forth unimpeded. A personal inspection is recommended, as this delectable coin must be seen to be fully appreciated. A piece sure to break records, and destined for the finest Registry Set. Population: 1 in 66, 0 finer (9/06).(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 22RN, PCGS# 3943)

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