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    1925-S Nickel, Well-Struck MS65+
    Only One Numerically Finer at PCGS

    1925-S 5C MS65+ PCGS. CAC. The 1925-S nickel is available through MS64, but at the Gem level, where strike quality begins to factor into the grade assessment, the certified population plummets. The branch mints in the 1920s took little concern with the strike quality of their coins, and the Buffalo nickel, already difficult to strike properly due to the hardness of the alloy, arguably suffered the most as a result. This high-end Gem representative (the only MS65+ coin at PCGS) is deeply satiny, with blended rainbow peripheral hues surrounding lighter lavender-gold and pale blue centers. The obverse die is fairly fresh, while the reverse die shows fatigue in the border recesses, an often seen characteristic, as the undated reverse dies were frequently used well into the next year if they had not already completely failed. Some of the highest details on the reverse are soft, as a result, though the horn is complete and the obverse is well-defined. Population: 28 in 65 (1 in 65+), 1 finer. CAC: 7 in 65, 0 finer (2/17).(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 22S4, PCGS# 3956)

    Weight: 5.00 grams

    Metal: 75% Copper, 25% Nickel


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