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    Splendid Key 1923-S Buffalo Nickel, MS66
    None Finer Certified

    1923-S 5C MS66 NGC. The years 1921 through 1923 saw sporadic production of minor coinage at the mints in the United States. In 1921 San Francisco made no dimes, and Denver made no cents or nickels; neither mint made quarters. In 1922 only the Denver Mint, notoriously so, made cents, including the 1922 No D and Weak D coins. Otherwise, there were no minor coins at all produced during the year. The San Francisco Mint ceased production of Buffalo nickels in late 1921, and it would be nearly two years before that facility would make any more coins of the denomination.
    What pieces do exist of the 1921-S and 1923-S Buffalo nickel are often either strike-challenged or exhibit the signs of extended die wear, perhaps the result of Mint economy moves. While the 1921-S is generally better struck, the 1923-S coins often show a weak strike or mushy reverse, suggesting that the S-mintmarked reverse dies may have been retained and reused from the 1921-S coinage.
    The present piece shows a remarkable strike, especially on the reverse. While it is not full, it is sharp, with much articulation apparent on the head, shoulders, and back of the buffalo. The horn is well detailed, and the tail is nearly split. Faint die clashing is noted beneath E PLURIBUS UNUM and below the Indian's chin, as so often seen in this series. The obverse shows a decent strike, although there is some softness on the tops of LIBERTY. The wonderful patina is ice-blue at the center, with a ring of lilac around the rim and some shades of magenta on the reverse. Both sides show some orange-peel effect, another sign of die wear. In MS66 grade this splendid key-date nickel is one of seven so certified at NGC and PCGS combined, and there are none finer (6/08).(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 22RW, PCGS# 3950)

    Weight: 5.00 grams

    Metal: 75% Copper, 25% Nickel


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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