Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 6,142,000
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 S 5C MS obverse 1923 S 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

By the latter part of 1923 the existing supply of nickels in storage from earlier years had finally been distributed, and demand for new pieces existed once again. The six million coined at San Francisco in 1923 were not enough to prevent this issue from becoming slightly scarce in Mint State and in the higher circulated grades.

Most Mint State survivors are less than fully struck, though a very small number of exceptional pieces are known. More common is coins having a decent obverse strike and a mushy reverse that resulted from leftover dies of earlier years.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/3/2014

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1923 S 5C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 8.00 13.00 35.00 125 275 275 330 360 425 525 615 650 685 925 1475 10250 40000 - - - -
$ 315 355 400 440 600 640 675 750 1250 3220 18400 67565 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1126
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 66


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8/9/2014 MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1208/Lot# 3372


Auction Prices Realized

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4/29/1998 PCGS VF 35   Teletrade Auction 1045, 1045/Lot# 1222 $119.90
2/11/2007 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 1211 $810.00
2/24/2011 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 561, 568/Lot# 7029 $891.25
9/18/2011 NGC VF 30   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131139/Lot# 20067 $115.00
12/11/2011 PCGS VF 35   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/11/2011, 148/Lot# 18252 $192.50
2/2/2012 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2012 February 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(4), 1167/Lot# 7848 $690.00
1/9/2013 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1181/Lot# 3479 $4,700.00
7/27/2013 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 30297 $289.05


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