Goldberg Coins and Collectibles



Sale 75

September Pre Long Beach


Buffalo Nickels
 
 
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Lot 1286
1913. Type 1. PCGS graded Proof 66 PQ. CAC Approved. Housed in an Old Green Holder. Only 1,520 minted. Lovely rich golden toning on both sides. Here, front and center, we are pleased to describe a Gem Proof Type 1 of the finest order whose expansive matte or satin-finish luster adorns the attractively toned surfaces. Piercingly sharp for the date, princely in its obvious virtues and originality, easily finer in sharpness than most in nominally equal grades.

It appears that even the artist who designed this piece, James Earle Fraser, preferred the familiar term "buffalo" to the more zoologically correct bison. Semantics aside, the model for the nickels reverse is known to have been a bull named Black Diamond. This animal was a resident of New York City's Central Park Zoo and was already about seventeen years old at the time. Frasers own correspondence reveals his exasperation in attempting to keep this beast posed in profile as depicted on the coin. Evidently quite uncooperative, it insisted on confronting the artist head on and would return to this stance immediately after being corrected.

Black Diamond has erroneously been cited as the model for the $10 United States Note of 1901, the so-called "buffalo bill." This note portrays another buffalo, Pablo, a star attraction at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. The mistaken identity is understandable, as the $10 note was in use alongside the nickel through the late 1920s. Pop 90; 51 finer (PCGS # 3988) Estimated Value $2,800 - 3,000

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Lot 1287
1913. Type 1. PCGS graded MS-66 PQ. CAC Approved. Wonderful rainbow toning on both sides. A coin that should bring a record price (PCGS # 3915) Estimated Value $250-UP

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Lot 1288
1913-D. Type 1. PCGS graded MS-66. CAC Approved. Lovely golden toning on both sides. Another attractive coin (PCGS # 3916) Estimated Value $300 - 350

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Lot 1289
1913-S. Type 1. PCGS graded MS-66 PQ. CAC Approved. Well struck with a hint of light tone. A lustrous gem, the frostiness just streams in from all directions. Pop 122; 21 finer, 1 in 66+, 19 in 67, 1 in 68 (PCGS # 3917) Estimated Value $750 - 800

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Lot 1290
1913. Type 2. PCGS graded Proof 67 PQ. CAC Approved. Housed in an Old Green Holder. Only 1,514 minted. Super lilac and light blue toning. Well struck. A luminous superb gem of optimum quality for the grade: The luster is unbeatable with nickel blue sheen and as crisp and beautiful as when it was first issued. Furthermore, as a well made Proof, the strike is 100% full, being quite sharp in all places. Pop 49; 7 finer, 2 in 67+, 5 in 68 (PCGS # 3990) Estimated Value $3,000 - 3,200

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Lot 1291
1913. Type 2. PCGS graded Proof 66. Housed in an Old Green Holder. Only 1,514 minted. Well struck with lovely golden obverse toning. Light reverse toning. Pop 91; 58 finer (PCGS # 3990) Estimated Value $2,000 - 2,200

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Lot 1292
1913. Type 2. PCGS graded MS-66. Nice light gold toning. A resplendent beauty of a gem! The nickel-silvery surfaces are rippling with original rough-surface luster characteristic of the 1913 Type 2 and Type 1 issues, almost ruggedized instead of smooth and flat as on previous nickels. The artist, James Fraser, made a composite portrait of three aged chiefs: Iron Tail (Custer's opponent at Little Big Horn), Two Moons, and John Big Tree. The result is immediately identifiable as Native American, but cannot be attributed to any one tribe. It is nevertheless only the second realistic interpretation of an Indian on American coinage (the first is on the 1908-29 gold $2-1/2 and $5 coins).Well struck for the date and easily matching or surpassing others in this MS66 classification. Pop 189; 19 finer, 1 in 66+, 17 in 67, 1 in 67+. (PCGS # 3921) Estimated Value $700 - 750

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Lot 1293
1913. Type 2. PCGS graded MS-66 PQ. CAC Approved. Housed in an Old Green Holder. Frosty and well struck. Pop 186; 19 finer, 1 in 66+, 17 in 67, 1 in 67+ (PCGS # 3921) Estimated Value $700 - 750

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Lot 1294
1913. Type 2. PCGS graded MS-66. Housed in an Old Green Holder. A nice strike and mostly untoned. Pop 186; 19 finer, 1 in 66+, 17 in 67, 1 in 67+ (PCGS # 3921) Estimated Value $700 - 750

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Lot 1295
1913. Type 2. NGC graded MS-66. CAC Approved. Premium quality. Mostly untoned. Housed in an Old Style Holder. Pop 71; 12 finer in 67. Estimated Value $500 - 600
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Lot 1296
1913-D. Type 2. PCGS graded MS-66 PQ. CAC Approved. Boldly struck with lovely toning on both sides. This sparkling, highly lustrous coin has none of the usual grade-limiting problems such as marks or luster grazes. Suitable for any Registry collection. Pop 57; 11 finer in 67 (PCGS # 3922) Estimated Value $1,400 - 1,500

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Lot 1297
1913-S. Type 2. PCGS graded MS-66 PQ. CAC Approved. Housed in an Old Green Holder. Boldly struck with intense rainbow toning on both sides. Sparkling golden and rose iridescence permeates this satiny beauty with a life of its own. Add a sky-scraping level of mint frostiness and the appeal is very tempting. The devices were struck with such force and energy by the dies that all design elements show boldly. Worthy of a record bid. Pop 30; 4 finer, 1 in 66+, 3 in 67 (PCGS # 3923) Estimated Value $3,800 - 4,200

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Lot 1298
1913-S. Type 2. PCGS graded MS-66. Rich golden toning and well struck. A frosty golden toned gem with strong underlying luster whose rich dappled toned highlights bring forth the underlying surface originality on both sides. Nicely struck for the date, perhaps more so than usual, and certainly a coin that gets honorable mention where fullness of design is requisite for a Registry level grade. Struck with systematic exactness throughout, in our estimation. Pop 30; 4 finer, 1 in 66+, 3 in 67 (PCGS # 3923) Estimated Value $3,700 - 3,900

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Lot 1299
1914. PCGS graded Proof 67 PQ. CAC Approved. Housed in an Old Green Holder. Only 1,275 minted. Well struck and mostly untoned. A hint of gold tone on both sides. Purely and simply, this is a superb matte-like gem whose strong underlying luster brilliance competes naturaly with the toning, and full silvery iridescence serves to highlight the strong design. Razor-sharp, the coin is struck with the expected Proof-quality detail on the Indian, his hair feathers and ribbon, and on the bisons head, horn, shoulder, and tail -- all the chief high points the graders at PCGS and the authorities at CAC look at when determining their opinion. Pop 70; 12 finer, 1 in 67+, 11 in 68 (PCGS # 3991)
Note: Proofs of 1913 "Type 2" through 1917 show more detail than any business strikes, but they differ somewhat from the 1913 Raised Ground "Type 1" Proofs. Many were mistakenly spent. Surfaces resemble the Lincoln cent proofs of the period, being uniformly minutely granular with a satiny effect. Borders are slightly broader than normal, with sharp inner rims. (Yes, there are a few Matte Proofs with the 1917 date, but these are mainly museum pieces, rarely seen in the marketplace and not generally collected as part of the established Mint State and Proof Registry categories.). Estimated Value $3,000 - 3,200

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Lot 1300
1914. PCGS graded Proof 66. Housed in an Old Green Holder. Only 1,275 minted. Boldly struck with a hint of gold tone. Pop 128; 82 finer (PCGS # 3991) Estimated Value $1,700 - 1,800

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Lot 1301
1914. PCGS graded MS-66 PQ. CAC Approved. Well struck with light even gold toning. Pop 143; 26 finer, 5 in 66+, 21 in 67 (PCGS # 3924) Estimated Value $700 - 750

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Lot 1302
1914-D. PCGS graded MS-66 PQ. CAC Approved. Housed in an Old Green Holder. Boldly struck with even toning on both sides. This is a thickly frosted, Gem quality representative of this desirable Denver Mint issue. Only 3,912,000 were minted. Pop 40; 8 finer, 2 in 66+, 6 in 67 (PCGS # 3925) Estimated Value $1,600 - 1,700

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Lot 1303
1914-S. PCGS graded MS-66 PQ. CAC Approved. Housed in an Old Green Holder. Rich rainbow toning. Could run away. A resplendent gem that spares no compromises when it comes to its rich golden and multicolor iridescence on both sides. Strike is much sharper than average for a Buffalo Nickel, particular for the sometimes poorly made 1914-S, and indeed we find the devices were struck with such power by the dies that all design elements show boldly. Pop 28; 4 finer, 3 in 66+, 1 in 67 (PCGS # 3926) Estimated Value $3,500 - 4,000

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Lot 1304
1915. PCGS graded Proof 67 PQ. CAC Approved. Only 1,050 minted. Well struck and mostly untoned. A fully struck Superb Gem whose silvery brightness offers the viewer fresh frosted ice color, impressive, eye-catching, and all original. Close examination reveals this to be a well-struck example with razor-edge details. It has no bothersome abrasions or problems with discoloration, either. Pop 53; 6 finer, 4 in 67+, 2 in 68 (PCGS # 3992) Estimated Value $3,000 - 3,200

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Lot 1305
1915. PCGS graded Proof 66. Only 1,050 minted. Well struck and mostly untoned. A brilliant, lustrous, and quite attractively preserved Gem. Nothing intermittent about it, everyone can see this Proof shimmering in the distance. Its gleam is like an effervescent silvery moonbeam that has burst suddenly into view. Pop 136; 64 finer (PCGS # 3992) Estimated Value $1,700 - 1,800

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Lot 1306
1915. PCGS graded MS-66 PQ. CAC Approved. Light even toning and well struck. Pop 238; 40 finer (PCGS # 3927) Estimated Value $400 - 450

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Lot 1307
1915-D. PCGS graded MS-66 PQ. CAC Approved. Well struck with light even toning. A solid gem in all regards, one of the more splendid 1915-D Buffalo Nickels we've seen. The satiny surfaces are alight with sizzling luster, the strike is clear-cut on the Indian's hair and braid as well as the buffalo's main high points (this is key); moreover, the eye appeal is everything that the word "exceptional" illustrates! Pop 31; 2 finer in 67 (PCGS # 3928) Estimated Value $2,800 - 3,000

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Lot 1308
1915-D. PCGS graded MS-66. Boldly struck with even toning on both sides. Small discoloration at 11:00 on the obverse near the edge. Pop 31; 2 finer in 67 (PCGS # 3928) Estimated Value $2,600 - 2,700

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Lot 1309
1915-D. PCGS graded MS-66. Boldly struck with nice light toning. This conditionally scarce offering is nicely original with rich, frosted surfaces. The strike is free of criticism, being sharp in all areas especially the buffalos head, hump and tail, all crisply delineated. Pop 31; 2 finer in 67 (PCGS # 3928) Estimated Value $2,600 - 2,700

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Lot 1310
1915-S. PCGS graded MS-66 PQ. CAC Approved. Housed in an Old Green Holder. Well struck with lots of luster. A hint of tone. A satiny beauty. Smooth, rolling luster and splashes of rich gold mingle on the satiny gem surfaces. That it is solidly graded is obvious at once, and a CAC approved high quality Gem, this coin displays impressive striking definition for a San Francisco Mint nickel from this year and decade. This is also to say that the strike is full, including the key high points which, when weak, discourage the top buyers and collectors. Pop 28; 3 finer in 67 (PCGS # 3929) Estimated Value $3,000 - 3,300

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Lot 1311
1916 Buffalo Nickel. PCGS graded Proof 68. Tied for finest graded at PCGS. A hint of light tone, quite attractive. Boldly strike. A wonderful coin.

Proof coins of the Indian head/buffalo nickel type were struck for sale to collectors from 1913 through 1916 and again in 1936 and 1937. The Proof five-cent pieces of 1913-16 are normally referred to as "matte" Proofs, but this term is misleading. True matte Proofs have a dullish finish completely dissimilar to the surfaces of normal circulation strikes, and this technique of Proofing using a sandblast process was used by the Mint exclusively for its gold coinage of 1908 and 1911-15, as well as for isolated issues of later years that were not sold publicly, such as commemorative half dollars.

The Proof nickels of 1913-16, like the cents of those years, possess a lovely satin finish. This varies in texture slightly from one date to the next and even within a single years coinage. When found pristine Proof 68, these coins are extremely beautiful and visibly distinctive from currency strikes.

An very bright and lustrous gem that you can use as a benchmark for other examples that share this towering grade. The strike is forthright and crisp, it is only resolutely full, razor-sharp in other words, without doubt all head and shoulder details are clear. Pop 7; none finer at PCGS. (PCGS # 3993)
Note: Mint engraver Charles E. Barber again modified the design in 1916 after the earlier switch from a mound (Type 1). Coins of 1916-38 might almost be called "Type 3": LIBERTY is henceforth much sharper, the Indian's nose longer, and many other details have again been changed. Striking quality on the business strikes still suffered, though not on the Proofs, which are always bold; and resistance to wear is still problematic, dates becoming quickly illegible once in circulation. (Some mintmarked nickels 1918-35 are virtually unknown well struck.). Estimated Value $10,000-UP

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Lot 1312
1916. PCGS graded Proof 67 PQ. CAC Approved. Only 600 minted. Well struck with light even bluish toning. A satiny beauty. Smooth, rolling luster and splashes of rich gold mingle on the satiny gem surfaces. That it is solidly graded is obvious at once, and a CAC approved high quality Gem, this coin displays impressive striking definition. Pop 27; 8 finer, 1 in 67+, 7 in 68 (PCGS # 3993) Estimated Value $4,500 - 5,000

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Lot 1313
1916. PCGS graded MS-66 PQ. CAC Approved. Housed in an Old Green Holder. Lovely light rose toning and boldly struck. A fresh looking coin. Pop 174; 20 finer, 5 in 66+, 15 in 67 (PCGS # 3930) Estimated Value $500 - 550

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Lot 1314
1916-D. PCGS graded MS-66 PQ. CAC Approved. Housed in an Old Green Holder. Boldly struck and mostly untoned. A showy gem with a cocktail of underlying luster, frosty to satiny, that breathes scorching life into the highlights, which are nicely struck with crisp details aplenty. As for the strike, If you were expecting the design left by the dies to be deficient in any way, lacking in robustness, take heart, since this is an exceptional 1916-D Buffalo Nickel and not the usual run-of-the-mill strike. It is, indeed, very bold. Pop 12; 1 finer in 66+ (PCGS # 3932) Estimated Value $6,000 - 6,500

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Lot 1315
1916-S. PCGS graded MS-66 PQ. CAC Approved. Well struck with light even toning. A satiny gem. Supple underlying luster is enveloped in pale natural color acquired over nearly a century. A pleasing example of the elusive '16-S date, completely struck, and with sufficient detail in the head, horn, and shoulder area of the reverse bison that designer Fraser's intentions are clearly evident. Almost everyone likes to seek a Buffalo Nickel that was struck with precision and care by the dies in the outer margins and on all high points, that you'd expect; here too, the inner designs were left even more crisply detailed by the imprint of the dies. Pop 29; 5 finer, 1 in 66+, 4 in 67 (PCGS # 3933) Estimated Value $3,500 - 3,800

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Lot 1316
1916-S. PCGS graded MS-66. Housed in an Old Green Holder. Well struck with light toning. Lots of luster evident. From center to periphery the intense radiant luster persists, glows, intensifies. Meticulous strike on every device is what collectors hope for in a 16-S, and this coin, unlike some that don't quite make the "full" grade, is extra sharp, twice as beautiful as an average specimen. For that reason, the numerical condition is exact. Pop 29; 5 finer, 1 in 66+, 4 in 67 (PCGS # 3933) Estimated Value $3,400 - 3,500

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Lot 1317
1916-S. PCGS graded MS-66 PQ. Housed in an Old Green Holder. Well struck and nicely toned. Rose and pale lilac interspersed with bold nickel blue, all of which is iridescent. This lovely Gem is finished in satin luster with glowing fields beneath (and supporting) the color and sharply impressed devices. As is often seen for 1916-S, the imprint that was left by the dies lacks a certain sharpness on a Buffalo Nickel, but this specimen stands apart for this date. It has a wonderful clear sharp strike and array of possibilities for the Registry Set collector. Pop 29; 5 finer, 1 in 66+, 4 in 67 (PCGS # 3933) Estimated Value $3,400 - 3,500

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Lot 1318
1917. PCGS graded MS-66 PQ. CAC Approved. Boldly struck with even toning on both sides. Pop 150; 21 finer (PCGS # 3934) Estimated Value $500 - 550

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Lot 1319
1917-D. PCGS graded MS-66 PQ. CAC Approved. Boldly struck with lovely light toning on both sides. A blazing beauty of a gem! The satiny surfaces are afire with bright volatile cartwheel luster that looks as though it would like nothing better than to explode with a loud bang. Luster is silvery with a blush, but only a blush of lovely nickel blue iridescence to it. Fantastic color to go along with impeccable surfaces. We note, too, that the coin is well struck for this often problematic '17-D date, and easily matching or surpassing others in this grade, hence the CAC approval and Premium Quality assessment. Sometimes on this issue, the devices that were left by the dies are short of the required precision on the Indians braid and parts of the buffalo (highest design features) due to weak die pressure or from overworking the dies, but we find the opposite to be the case here, everything is finely detailed, including the centers. Pop 15; 1 finer in 67 (PCGS # 3935) Estimated Value $6,000 - 6,500

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Lot 1320
1917-D. PCGS graded MS-66. Boldly struck and untoned. An incandescent and sparkling gem whose satiny beauty comes with fully defined design features plus a torrent of varying smooth satiny perfection on both sides. Substantial detail to the highpoints on this fine example, most unusual, with a thorough and effectual imprint from the dies; the Indian has a wonderful profile. And there are no weak areas left by the recoil of the dies, none whatsoever. Pop 15; 1 finer in 67. (PCGS # 3935) Estimated Value $6,000 - 6,500

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Lot 1321
1917-S. PCGS graded MS-66 PQ. CAC Approved. Well struck and mostly untoned. A lovely coin. A gorgeous gem of the optimum, hand-picked order, with devices that are almost as distinct as those on a P-mint Proof of the decade. The extremely lustrous surfaces show signs of almost no toning. Agreeably well struck to say the least, and if truth be told, fully so, with enough detail to merit reference here. Desirable with exact strikes are any S-mint Buffalo Nickel from the teens, even though we need to point out some examples show signs of weakness in the central regions. A bidding war could ensue. Pop 24; none finer at PCGS (PCGS # 3936) Estimated Value $5,500 - 6,000

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Lot 1322
1918 Buffalo Nickel. PCGS graded MS-66. CAC Approved. Premium Quality. Frosty and untoned. A superlative coin. The surfaces are bright from the lovely mint frost that swirls around both sides. Struck with exactitude rarely found on a 1918-P. Pop 51; 7 finer in 67. (PCGS # 3937) Estimated Value $1,600 - 1,700

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Lot 1323
1918 Buffalo Nickel. PCGS graded MS-66. Mostly untoned with a hint of gold tone. Struck with controlled precision throughout, as is consistently seen in this Registry set of Buffalo nickels. Hand-picked specimens with an eye for flashy luster, problem-free surfaces, and bold strikes. Pop 51; 7 finer in 67. (PCGS # 3937) Estimated Value $1,600 - 1,700

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Lot 1324
1918. PCGS graded MS-66. Housed in an Old Green Holder. Well struck and mostly untoned. A nice looking frosty Gem. Pop 52; 7 finer in 67 (PCGS # 3937) Estimated Value $1,600 - 1,700

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Lot 1325
1918-D. PCGS graded MS-66 PQ. CAC Approved. Lovely toning on both sides. A nice bold strike. For the date, a frosty, satiny pale golden gem with full spinning luster on both sides. Attractively preserved as well, and free from marks or spotting. Some might argue that 1918-D is never found fully struck, that all have just a hint of softness at the centers or worse. In order to understand the grade further, notice that this particular coin is struck with care only now and then found even on a P-mint release! When it comes to the usual softness at the centers, this piece, by all measures, received a full, competent blow by the dies. It deserves full, competent attention from knowledgeable bidders! . Pop 23; 1 finer in 67 (PCGS # 3938) Estimated Value $5,500 - 6,000

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Lot 1326
1918-S. PCGS graded MS-65 PQ. CAC Approved. Lovely golden toning. Better than average strike. The dies on both sides seem to have been in better shape than usual, possibly newer than most where the design begins to blur or soften. A sparkling and lustrous golden toned gem, one with satiny beauty, with fully defined design features, and possessing a burst of varying hues in the surface color and luster on both sides. Far from the normal example of this elusive '18-S issue is the respectable amount of detail throughout with no appreciable weakness on the hair braid or buffalo's head and shoulder area. Pop 32; 1 finer in 66 (PCGS # 3940)
Note: The lack of high-grade 1918-S Buffalo nickels is the product of a conspiracy of factors. Minted during the closing year of the Great War, the 1918-S was a casualty of economic actions, in more ways than one. To conserve dies and prolong their life, and to ramp up production with as little machine down time as possible, the dies were often allowed to be worked beyond their set limits, and were also adjusted too far apart in the press to deliver strong blows to the hard nickel-copper alloy coins. Estimated Value $9,000 - 10,000

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Lot 1327
1919. PCGS graded MS-66. CAC Approved. A nice untoned example. Pop 134; 14 finer, 3 in 66+, 11 in 67 (PCGS # 3941) Estimated Value $550 - 600

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Lot 1328
1919-D. PCGS graded MS-66 PQ. CAC Approved. A nice bold strike. Among the Finest Known. Mostly untoned. Collection sharp-looking Gem MS66, therefore, represents an opportunity of great magnitude for collectors who focus on this series.

The strike is almost certainly the fullest that one can expect to run into on a 1919-D Nickel. All design elements are sharply outlined. Further, there are no areas of inconvenient incompleteness in the detail on either side. The surfaces, for their part, are amply lustrous and satin-like beneath a delicate skin of nickel-silver color. There are no distracting abrasions to report. Only a few trivial tics seen under magnification. In summation, a beautiful coin and one for the record books. We feel it is destined for inclusion in another Buffalo Nickel Registry Set. Pop 16; none finer at PCGS (PCGS # 3942) Estimated Value $7,500 - 8,500

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Lot 1329
1919-S. PCGS graded MS-65 PQ. CAC Approved. Housed in an Old Green Holder. Lovely toning on both sides. Well struck for this date. From high production to low, if 1916-18 witnessed enhanced minting hours to strike the requisite number of coins required for boom-time conditions, things changed after the war. The end of World War I (Nov. 1918) came with a far-reaching reduction in Nickel five-cent piece manufacture at both the Denver and San Francisco Mints in 1919. As far as the former facility is concerned, the total number of coins delivered that year amounted to a scarcely more than 8 million pieces. This reduced mintage, when combined with wide circulation, give explanation to why the 1919-D is scarce in all but the most worn grades. Add to that, the '19-D is also one of the more challenging Buffalo Nickels to locate with any degree of striking detail. A little less sharp than the preceding 1919-D, yet this 1919-S when assigned to its proper place in the Buffalo Nickel hierarchy, belongs in a museum-class or Registry Set, without question. Full dancing luster on satiny nickel-silver surfaces. A touch of weakness is seen at the bison's hair and horn on the reverse, but here it is probably that the dies were spaced just far enough apart to prevent stronger metal flow in that area; the obverse details are similarly outstanding. Struck with systematic exactness throughout for this elusive issue. Pop 31; 3 finer, 1 in 65+, 2 in 66 (PCGS # 3943)
Note: The proliferation of worn Nickel dies in the San Francisco Mint during the late 1910s -- and the lack of inhibition among employees at that facility from using those dies -- explain why the 1919-S is one of the most difficult issues to find well produced in the Buffalo series. Estimated Value $8,000 - 9,000

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Lot 1330
1920 Buffalo Nickel. PCGS graded MS-66. Well struck with gold and blue toning. The blue consists of lovely silvery nickel-blue sheen indicating its original (uncleaned) state of preservation. We note a grand display of detail on both sides. Boldly struck with full braid on the Indians hair, and all the major detail showing on the shaggy coat of the buffalo at the hump and shoulder, perhaps more fully so than 95% of surviving 1920-dated nickels with this amount of detail at the bison's head. Its charm is enhanced immeasurably. Pop 111; 11 finer, 2 in 66+, 9 in 67. (PCGS # 3944) Estimated Value $750 - 800

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Lot 1331
1920 Buffalo Nickel. PCGS graded MS-66. Premium Quality. Boldly struck with nice toning on both sides. Nickel-white satin luster beneath very light toning skims along over both sides and is boldly displayed on this fresh-appearing 1920 Philadelphia Mint coin. The Type 2 design struck in 1913-38 has the bison standing on a straight platform whose base defines the recess for FIVE CENTS. The portrait and bison were notably modified from the Type 1 design by Charles E. Barber. Gone was much of the ruggedness of Black Diamond's hide, gone too were many details of the Indian's hair, wrinkles, and feathers. Fields are smoothed out. Some critics of the change to the Type 2 argue that these multiple minor changes greatly diluted the vigor of Fraser's original design. But this attractive MS66 1920 shows just how wrong their opinion is! Pop 111; 11 finer, 2 in 66+, 9 in 67. (PCGS # 3944) Estimated Value $750 - 800

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Lot 1332
1920. PCGS graded MS-66. CAC Approved. Housed in an Old Green Holder. Frosty, well struck, and untoned. Pop 111; 11 finer, 2 in 66+, 9 in 67 (PCGS # 3944) Estimated Value $750 - 800

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Lot 1333
1920-D. PCGS graded MS-66. CAC Approved. Nicely toned and better than average strike. Among the Finest Known. An issue that all who are familiar with Buffalo Nickels will agree saw considerable circulation beginning in the year of delivery, the 1920-D is a much more challenging coin to locate in circulated grades than a mintage of 9.4 million pieces might imply. Even an accurately graded, problem-free AU is a coin that is sure to find many willing buyers in today's market. Mint State specimens are available now and then, but they are mostly below par with lackluster luster.

While it would have been a sign of an important offering if the Forsythe Collection included even an MS65 example of this issue, the coin that we are presenting in this lot is everything one expects in a coin of near-pristine quality. Few ever get to see a '20-D Nickel whose surfaces are as smooth and blemish free as those of the present example. The strike is better-quality in all regards, while luminous mint frostiness blankets all areas with its satiny consistency. Finally, we note lovely toning in pale nickel blue colors. A coin of near-singularly beauty and appeal among available 1920-D Nickels, this top-of-the-census Gem MS66 belongs in the finest collection. Pop 3; none finer at PCGS (PCGS # 3945) Estimated Value $17,000 - 20,000

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Lot 1334
1920-S. PCGS graded MS-65. CAC Approved. Lovely golden toning. Lots of mint luster. Satiny golden gray surfaces display a sheen of lively nickel iridescence. Well above average for the date where strike is often a problem, perhaps one of the finest strikes currently available for the date. All the main design features are present, and none of them are even a bit light. We do note a single mark on the buffalo's foreleg. David Lange referred to this date's striking problems and rarity in his book on the subject by noting "These are almost always quite weakly struck on the reverse. Adequate strikes do turn up, however, and are worth one's patience. In Mint State, the 1920-S is among the scarcest coins in the series. Gems are very rare." Providentially for our bidders, the Forsythe coin is a Gem with a strike to match its high grade: one that is well above average. For good measure we will note that PCGS has certified just one example of the date at a higher grade. What more can one ask? Pop 17; 1 finer in 66 (PCGS # 3946) Estimated Value $14,000 - 15,000

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Lot 1335
1921. PCGS graded MS-66 PQ. CAC Approved. Housed in an Old Green Holder. Well struck, frosty, and mostly untoned. Pop 157; 23 finer, 5 in 66+, 18 in 67 (PCGS # 3947) Estimated Value $900 - 1,000

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