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    1925-S Nickel, Brightly Frosted MS66
    Tied for Finest Certified

    1925-S 5C MS66 NGC. Dave Bowers shares this insight about the 1925-S issue in A Guide Book of Buffalo and Jefferson Nickels: "It is possible to buy a gorgeous Mint State 1925-S nickel with rich luster and superb eye appeal, but you will be on your own." He also notes:

    "The 1925-S nickel is complex, especially in Mint State, because certified examples are identified only as MS64, MS65, and so on. In reality, a few are simply miserable strikes, with flatness of certain date numerals and the lettering at the bottom of the reverse. Others are weak in the usual places--the center of both sides and on the bison's fur. Still others masquerading as 'Mint State' are dull, cleaned coins that have been doctored by adding toning."


    David Lange tells more about this issue in The Complete Guide to Buffalo Nickels:

    "1925-S nickels typically have just average to good luster. In combination with their generally mushy appearance, the aesthetic value of this issue is low, regardless of its certified grade. Collectors, whatever their budget, buy this date simply to complete their sets."


    Although the strike of this piece is typical, with soft obverse details and bold reverse details, the aesthetic appeal is higher than normal, due to the frosted nickel-gray surfaces that exhibit pale champagne toning. This piece ranks as one of the finest examples known, with only one other certified at NGC and one at PCGS, and there are none finer (11/11).
    Ex: ANA Signature (Heritage, 7-8/2008), lot 1578; Long Beach Signature (Heritage, 6/2010), lot 417, where it realized an amazing $100,000.
    From The Teton Ranch Collection.(Registry values: N10218) (NGC ID# 22S4, PCGS# 3956)

    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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