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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Last Updated: 4/3/2014

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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: 1598
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67


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4/2/1993 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions '93 National Gold Convention Bullet #102, 102/Lot# 139 $550.00
9/21/1998 PCGS AU 55   Teletrade Auction 1088, 1088/Lot# 1193 $261.60
7/26/2003 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2003 July Baltimore, MD. Signature Sale #328, 328/Lot# 6136 $2,070.00
7/10/2006 PCGS VF 25   Heritage Auctions 2006 July Dallas, TX On-Line Coin Session #411, 411/Lot# 7385 $402.50
9/6/2009 PCGS XF 45   Goldberg September 6-8, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 54/Lot# 2515 $506.00
5/30/2010 PCGS XF 40   Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1250 $438.00
12/19/2011 PCGS AU 50   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 646, 653/Lot# 2079 $493.35
5/30/2012 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 2422 $2,012.50
6/16/2013 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/16/2013, 79/Lot# 97480 $1,100.00


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