Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 4,882,000
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
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
Link to this coin

1918 S 5C MS obverse 1918 S 5C MS reverse


  
Expand All    Collapse All

VarietyPlus®

There are no varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

The 1918 S nickel had a rather modest mintage at a time when most production figures were quite high. Despite the hoarding of worn S-Mint coins from circulation that typified the coin hobby from the 1930s through the 1950s, this issue remains fairly scarce across all grades.

Mint State pieces do survive, but their quality is usually quite disappointing. Very weak strikes, whether from fresh or worn dies, are the norm. It appears that the San Francisco Mint increased the set distance between the dies to extend their useful life, so this issue never really had a chance.

The coin illustrated is typical of many Buffalo Nickels in that it reveals a mis-matched die pair. The obverse die is clearly quite worn, yet the reverse die was fresh, probably a replacement for one that became unusable through severe clashing or breaking. Such contradictions between obverse and reverse just add to the difficulty of grading Buffalo Nickels, particularly those in the higher circulated grades.

Gems of this date are exceedingly rare, while most Mint State coins will have less than satisfying luster.

GRADE SUMMARY

Loading... Working...

Use the scroll bar at the bottom of this box to view a summary of the NGC Price Guide, NGC Census, Auction Prices Realized and NGC Registry Scores for each grade.

There was no data found for this Coin.

Select Designation

 
NGC PRICE GUIDE
NGC CENSUS*
AUCTION PRICES REALIZED
NGC REGISTRY
SCORE

Select Grade

*To view the Census details for this coin, please sign in or sign up.

Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/3/2014

Click on a price to see historical prices, comparison charts and trends.

1918 S 5C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 14.50 26.00 55.00 115 210 210 315 345 460 500 625 800 1300 2650 4600 19000 60000 - - - -
$ 260 335 360 490 525 675 1050 1700 3250 7900 26500 - - -
NGC Price and Value Guides Disclaimer

Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 639
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66


Upcoming Auctions

A random selection of NGC coins is shown below.

Images
Date
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
9/6/2014 MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1209/Lot# 3066


Auction Prices Realized

A random selection of coins is shown below.

Images
Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
12/4/2007 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2007 December Dallas, TX US Coin Final Session #371, 371/Lot# 67198 $195.50
7/17/2011 PCGS Genuine Genuine   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/17/2011, 127/Lot# 7991 $57.20
8/26/2012 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/26/2012, 37/Lot# 65578 $2,365.00
10/1/2012 NGC MS 61   Teletrade Auction 3356, 3356/Lot# 1221 $725.00
9/25/2013 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 1326 $19,550.00
5/11/2014 PCGS MS 98   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 803, 812/Lot# 822 $48.00
5/12/2014 NGC XF 45   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3481, 6030/Lot# 20123 $188.00


Related Articles

Dancing with Dates, Part Two

11/18/2008  — Engravers place their own stamp on early 20th Century Buffalo and Jefferson Nickels.
View full article >


NGC Auction Central Disclaimer