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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Price Guide

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: 1432
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68


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4/27/2014 MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(8), 1204/Lot# 8783


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9/6/1999 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1207, 1207/Lot# 1117 $196.20
10/18/2007 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 187, 193/Lot# 5115 $230.00
5/25/2008 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 3840 $603.75
7/15/2012 PCGS AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/15/2012, 31/Lot# 62976 $137.50
7/26/2012 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The August 2012 Philadelphia ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 140/Lot# 60 $828.38
9/25/2013 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(7), 1189/Lot# 7465 $258.50
1/8/2014 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1201/Lot# 8497 $1,292.50
2/3/2014 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(5), 1202/Lot# 7355 $851.88


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