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Lot 1177

1919-D. PCGS graded MS-65. CAC Approved. Lovely natural toning on both sides. Better than average strike for this date. Very few flyspecks seen with a 5x glass. The end of World War I saw a drastic reduction in Nickel production at both the Denver and San Francisco Mints in 1919 after far higher numbers in 1916-17. In terms of the Denver Mints production, the total number of coins delivered that year amounted to a little over 8 million pieces. This mintage, together with wide circulation, explains the reason the 1919-D is scarce in all but the lowest grades. Further, the '19-D is also one of the more challenging Buffalo Nickels to locate with any degree of boldness to the striking detail. Our offering of this sharp-looking Gem, therefore, represents an opportunity of profound value for collectors who dedicate themselves to this series.

The strike is almost certainly the fullest that one can realistically expect to encounter on a 1919-D Nickel. All design elements are sharply delineated, and there are no areas of bothersome incompleteness of detail on either side. The surfaces are fully lustrous and satiny beneath a delicate overlay of golden iridescence. There are no distracting abrasions to report, and a few trivial speckles which we note solely for the sake of accuracy. A beautiful coin in all regards, and one that is seemingly destined for inclusion in another Buffalo Nickel Registry Set. Pop 53; 19 finer, 4 in 65+, 15 in 66 (PCGS # 3942) .

Events of 1919: Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the Telephone in 1876, spent the years 1906-1921 on, among other things, development of the hydrofoil boat. His HD-4, powered by two aerial propellers, set a worlds marine speed record of 70.86 miles per hour on September 9, 1919, a record that stood for ten years.
Estimated Value $6,000 - 6,500.

Realized $18,975

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