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    1913-S Buffalo Nickel, MS67
    Low-Mintage Type Two Issue
    Prime Registry Set Candidate

    1913-S 5C Type Two MS67 PCGS. James Earle Fraser's iconic Buffalo design debuted in 1913 to high praise from the general public and numismatists alike. The coins were produced in large numbers during the early part of the year, but one glaring defect soon became apparent. The denomination and mintmark were too exposed and wore down quickly on the Type One coins. To remedy the situation, the Type Two design, which was implemented on May 6, 1913, placed the denomination and mintmark in a recessed area called the exergue, below the grassy plain the bison stands on. Only 1.2 million Type Two Buffalo nickels were struck at the San Francisco Mint during the remainder of the year. The 1913-S Type Two Buffalo nickel is thus the rarest regular-issue coin of the series, excluding famous varieties like the 1918/7-D overdate and the 1916 Doubled Die Obverse.

    The new design improved the durability of the denomination and mintmark, but the Type Two coins did not strike up as well as their Type One counterparts. Most Type Two examples are weak on the Indian's hair knot and the bison's shoulder. Fortunately, the present coin is sharply detailed throughout, with fine definition on the usual trouble spots. In addition to the design changes, the surfaces of the Type Two coins were smoothed, rather than textured like the Type One coins. This led to more satiny luster characteristics than those of the previous design. This coin displays vibrant satiny luster on both sides. The well-preserved surfaces are free of visible contact marks, and eye appeal is terrific. Neither PCGS nor NGC has certified a coin in higher numeric grade. Registry Set enthusiasts should bid accordingly. Population: 4 in 67, 0 finer (3/14).(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 22R3, PCGS# 3923)

    Weight: 5.00 grams

    Metal: 75% Copper, 25% Nickel


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