Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 6,936,000
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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1928 S 5C MS obverse 1928 S 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The typical 1928 S nickel is softly struck with average to good luster. Unlike the S-Mint nickels of earlier years, this weakness is usually not due to the use of extremely worn dies. It appears that the planchets were not properly softened or the die set distance was greater than it should have been, as the softness is uniform on both sides of the coins.

Gems are elusive for this issue. A number of Mint State pieces have been found that are darker than normal, and this points to problems with the planchet stock. Worn examples are plentiful from widespread hoarding of the late 1930s through the early 1960s.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/3/2014

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1928 S 5C MS
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Base $ 1.50 2.40 3.25 11.50 29.00 29.00 105 120 175 215 235 270 415 565 1035 3750 18750 26500 - - -
$ 35.00 110 135 190 225 245 300 465 750 1750 6000 24000 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 704
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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2/2/2005 PCGS MS 62   Teletrade Auction 1996, 1996/Lot# 1120 $418.00
5/25/2008 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 3889 $891.25
2/3/2011 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2011 February Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(1), 1152/Lot# 3270 $2,530.00
4/27/2011 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2011 April Rosemont CSNS Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(6), 1154/Lot# 9955 $373.75
12/8/2011 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 643, 650/Lot# 6085 $782.00
10/17/2012 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1234 $2,585.00
12/15/2013 PCGS MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/15/2013, 105/Lot# 157804 $1,017.50


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