Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 1,209,000
Catalog: KM-134
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 2 5C MS obverse 1913 S TYPE 2 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This is among the rarest of the date/mint combinations in the Indian Head/Buffalo series. It has the third smallest mintage, only slightly higher than that of the 1931 S nickel, but that's where the comparison ends. The latter date was not released immediately, its low mintage was known beforehand, and vast numbers were preserved in Mint State. In contrast, the 1913 S Type 2 nickel was released quickly and at a time when very few persons were collecting current issues by date and mint. Hoarding activity was centered around the Type 1 nickels, and this second emission was largely overlooked. Finally, the shallow dates of 1913 nickels meant that any coins entering circulation would be dateless within 15-20 years.

The certified population of 1913 S Type 2 nickels gives a false impression of actual availability, as the value of these coins prompts a far greater rate of submission for grading. Gems are truly rare, and this coin is often found quite weakly struck, though the problem is certainly not as great as it is for the 1913 S Type 1 nickel.

A nice repunched mintmark variety is known. The first impression was east of the final one, both letters S being quite distinct.

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1913 S TYPE 2 5C MS
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Base $ 365 410 440 490 600 600 690 725 760 840 900 960 1075 1325 1900 4600 7250 25000 - - -
$ 635 720 750 785 890 950 1000 1175 1650 2600 5900 18800 50000 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1596
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67


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8/28/2000 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1351, 1351/Lot# 1096 $817.50
7/12/2007 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2007 Summer F.U.N. (July, West Palm Beach, FL) Signature Coin Auction #442, 442/Lot# 362 $690.00
5/25/2008 NGC MS 64   Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 3844 $2,242.50
5/30/2010 PCGS XF 40   Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1250 $438.00
3/18/2011 NGC G 6   Stack's Bowers The March 2011 Baltimore Auction Online Only Session, 91/Lot# 12148 $254.15
2/13/2012 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 662, 669/Lot# 76 $1,644.50
5/30/2012 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2012 May 30- June 3 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(1), 1171/Lot# 3352 $1,380.00
4/24/2013 NGC F 12   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(8), 1184/Lot# 7625 $282.00
8/19/2013 NGC F 15   Teletrade Auction 3444, 3444/Lot# 1185 $352.50


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