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: 1469
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68


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5/21/2004 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #3, 7/Lot# 20 $201.25
2/11/2007 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 1163 $373.75
10/10/2007 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 2434, 2434/Lot# 1069 $616.00
2/3/2011 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2011 February Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(1), 1152/Lot# 3250 $632.50
1/1/2013 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers The January 2013 Americana Sale, 180/Lot# 12226 $1,410.00
1/19/2014 PCGS VG 10   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/19/2014, 185/Lot# 165215 $32.09
8/5/2014 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1208/Lot# 7312 $305.50


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