Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 35,715,000
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.
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1923 5C MS obverse 1923 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

By the summer of 1923 economic activity had picked up enough that additional nickels were needed for circulation. By year's end the Philadelphia Mint produced a substantial quantity, and this issue is common across most grades. Gems are only a bit elusive, and most display decent strikes and bright luster.

A couple of minor doubled-die obverse varieties are noted in the book by John Wexler, Ron Pope and Kevin Flynn, but these are of interest only to variety specialists.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/3/2014

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1923 5C MS
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Base $ 2.00 3.50 5.00 6.75 14.00 14.00 35.00 40.00 45.00 52.00 60.00 65.00 125 170 225 625 1550 7700 - - -
$ - 37.00 44.00 50.00 58.00 65.00 75.00 135 190 335 885 2500 15000 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 911
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


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Date
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Grade
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1/10/1996 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 0805, 805/Lot# 220 $54.50
5/4/2005 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2005 St. Louis, MO (CSNS) Signature Auction #372, 372/Lot# 6156 $1,265.00
6/5/2006 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2006 June Long Beach Online Session #409, 409/Lot# 7544 $149.50
5/25/2008 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 3871 $1,265.00
2/24/2010 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The March 2010 Baltimore Online Session, 40/Lot# 5103 $115.00
7/8/2010 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2010 July Orlando, FL (Summer FUN) Signature US Coin Auction #1142, 1142/Lot# 3327 $805.00
6/2/2013 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2013 June 2 - 11 US Coins Internet Auction - Dallas Session(2), 131324/Lot# 20712 $152.75
11/10/2013 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/10/2013, 100/Lot# 148492 $144.09
1/26/2014 PCGS MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 788, 797/Lot# 581 $310.00


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