Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 22,849,000
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
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1930 5C MS obverse 1930 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Even though the mintage of nickels at Philadelphia was lower than usual 1930, it still proved to be far more coins than were needed during the early years of the Great Depression. No additional pieces were struck there until 1934.

With so many new coins idled until that later year, these fell into the hands of collectors and speculators who put away perhaps hundreds of Mint State rolls. This issue is fairly common in all grades through MS 65. Most have excellent luster, though the quality of strike ranges from average to good, with fully struck pieces being very rare. More often seen is flatness in the hair above the braid knot typified by the example illustrated.

Why so many doubled-die varieties occurred for 1930(P) nickels on both obverse and reverse is unknown. The list at left is just the tip of the iceberg and represents those varieties sufficiently appealing to carry a premium.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/3/2014

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1930 5C MS
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Base $ 1.30 1.65 2.75 4.50 11.50 11.50 20.00 21.00 22.00 25.00 32.50 39.00 52.00 75.00 95.00 215 435 3800 - - -
$ - - 22.00 24.00 27.00 36.00 43.00 58.00 80.00 105 265 735 5000 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1430
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


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2/20/2005 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1041 $517.50
9/18/2008 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 284, 290/Lot# 5343 $207.00
9/22/2010 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2010 September Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1144, 1144/Lot# 8890 $322.00
6/10/2012 PCGS AU 55   Teletrade Auction 3291, 3291/Lot# 1284 $368.00
2/22/2013 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 6882 $206.80
6/3/2013 PCGS MS 67   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20971/Lot# 2032 $3,217.00
5/4/2014 PCGS MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/04/2014, 169/Lot# 191002 $77.00


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