Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 2,105,000
Catalog: KM-133
Obverse Designer: James Earle Fraser
Reverse Designer: James Earle Fraser
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5.00 Grams
Diameter: 21.2mm
Edge: Plain
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1913 S TYPE 1 5C MS obverse 1913 S TYPE 1 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

With its low mintage, the 1913 S Type 1 nickel would be very rare today in Mint State were it not for the general hoarding that accompanies all first-year coins. Even so, the smaller population of the western states limited the number saved, and this is the scarcest of the three mints across all grades.

Gems of this coin are especially scarce, as the San Francisco Mint seemed to have a great deal of difficulty in striking this type fully. Many Mint State survivors are, like the example shown, quite poorly struck. Also commonly seen are "chin whiskers," a bold die clash of E PLURIBUS UNUM which looks like rough hair below the Indian's chin. At the same time, an impression of the chin on the reverse makes these minute letters nearly impossible to read.

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Last Updated: 4/3/2014

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1913 S TYPE 1 5C MS
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Base $ 42.00 48.00 58.00 70.00 80.00 80.00 100.00 105 110 120 125 130 150 190 325 800 1550 5300 36500 - -
$ 85.00 105 110 115 125 130 140 175 225 440 1050 1900 8000 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1472
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68


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5/1/2008 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 243, 249/Lot# 5154 $115.00
5/31/2010 PCGS AU 55   Teletrade Auction 2863, 2863/Lot# 1272 $109.25
8/30/2013 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 4308 $465.30
9/25/2013 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 1289 $1,265.00
11/1/2013 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 1 - 3 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(5), 1191/Lot# 7334 $329.00
2/9/2014 NGC AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/09/2014, 171/Lot# 169925 $79.31
3/30/2014 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/30/2014, 184/Lot# 182055 $162.80


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