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1935 s buffalo nickel stacks bowers galleries

Top Pop 1935-S Buffalo Nickel featured in our June 2021 Costa Mesa Auction

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist and Consignment Director

Author: James McCartney / Thursday, April 29, 2021 / Categories: United States Coin of the Week

Produced toward the end of the Buffalo nickel series and with a relatively generous mintage of 10,300,000 coins, the 1935-S was well positioned for a high rate of survival in Mint State. However, the soft striking detail typical of many earlier San Francisco Mint issues also haunts the 1935-S. As such, coins grading MS-65 and MS-66 are more challenging to locate than one would assume. Above this level, the 1935-S becomes a conditional rarity with perhaps fewer than 200 Superb Gems known. 

We are thrilled to offer one of the best from this exceptional group graded MS-67+ (PCGS) CAC as part of our June 2021 Costa Mesa Auction. It is a lovely example, with peach and violet toning at the centers and powder blue and gold at the borders. Both sides are enhanced by intense frosty mint luster, a full strike and near pristine surfaces. This magnificent Top Pop specimen is tied with only nine other coins at PCGS. Approval by CAC emphasizes the superior quality.

This exceptional 1935-S nickel will be featured in our June 2021 Showcase Auction hosted at the state-of-the-art auction gallery in our new Costa Mesa, California headquarters. The June sale arrives on the heels of our record-setting auctions in March and April that saw combined prices realized above $60 million. With seven lots from these events exceeding $1 million, the numismatic market clearly remains strong heading into the summer auction season. For questions about the auction or to order a copy of the printed catalog, please contact Stack's Bowers Galleries by telephone at 800-566-2580 or by email at [email protected]