Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 1,505,000
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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1915 S 5C MS obverse 1915 S 5C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

This issue is scarce to rare across all grades, with most survivors being quite heavily worn. There were very few persons collecting current coins by date and mint in 1915. Such activity did not become popular until 20 years later, by which time many 1915 S nickels had already been rendered dateless.

The quality of Mint State pieces is highly variable, with a number of extremely sharp examples known. Most, however, are a bit weak in places or were coined from badly worn and furrowed dies.

Two triple-punched mintmark varieties exist for this date, though the degree of separation between impressions is so slight as to make the variety hard to discern on worn coins.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/3/2014

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1915 S 5C MS
Base $ 50.00 70.00 105 185 375 375 515 540 565 625 675 725 850 1075 1500 3500 4500 40000 - - -
$ 410 535 565 600 675 725 775 950 1300 2375 4025 6475 - -
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Total Graded: 744
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 66

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8/9/2014 UNC Details  Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1208/Lot# 7319

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7/19/2009 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 2720, 2720/Lot# 1340 $1,150.00
9/6/2009 PCGS XF 45   Goldberg September 6-8, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 54/Lot# 2520 $264.50
1/3/2012 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(6), 1166/Lot# 5240 $2,530.00
10/17/2012 PCGS AU 53   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 24342 $449.65
6/9/2013 PCGS MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 755, 764/Lot# 84 $1,400.00
9/25/2013 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 1310 $5,175.00
5/4/2014 PCGS AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/04/2014, 169/Lot# 191336 $770.00

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