Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 3,430,000
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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1927 S 5C MS obverse 1927 S 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Like the Denver Mint 1927 nickel, the best that can be said of the 1927 S issue is that it comes better than the two preceding dates. Most are less than fully struck, but very poorly struck coins are not often encountered. The fields are sometimes a bit prooflike, probably as a consequence of the dies being repolished to eradicate clash marks. The coin illustrated is a superior specimen in all respects and quite rare as such. The certified population of gem 1927 S nickels is very small.

Problem-free examples are somewhat scarce in the higher circulated grades, but the hoarding that accompanied all S-Mint coins starting in the late 1930s has preserved enough pieces to meet collector demand.

Minor doubled-die varieties are known for both obverse and reverse, but they attract little interest.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/3/2014

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1927 S 5C MS
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Base $ 1.50 2.75 5.50 35.00 90.00 90.00 190 230 315 440 615 750 1425 2200 3800 22000 65000 - - - -
$ 100.00 200 250 385 590 675 875 1700 2900 5900 34500 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 593
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66


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9/6/2014 MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1209/Lot# 3881


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8/18/2004 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2004 August Pittsburgh, PA Signature Sale #352, 352/Lot# 5548 $3,220.00
5/25/2008 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 3886 $6,037.50
11/30/2011 PCGS VF 35   Teletrade Auction 3182, 3182/Lot# 1108 $42.00
8/26/2012 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/26/2012, 37/Lot# 65412 $1,548.80
9/6/2012 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2012 September 6-9 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(1), 1174/Lot# 3707 $4,406.25
1/20/2013 PCGS VF 25   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 735, 744/Lot# 1074 $30.00
6/3/2014 PCGS   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 3714 $111.63


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