Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 5,635,000
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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1937 S 5C MS obverse 1937 S 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This is almost certainly the finest S-Mint Buffalo Nickel in terms of overall luster, surfaces and strike. It is also seemingly the most common in terms of surviving Mint State pieces, as this date was still being issued by banks a year or two later and was thus squirreled away by collectors and speculators.

Repunched mintmark varieties are numerous for 1937 S nickels, though they are more subtle than those of the previous two years and have attracted only limited interest.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/3/2014

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1937 S 5C MS
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Base $ 1.10 1.15 1.50 2.25 4.00 4.00 9.50 10.00 12.50 17.00 30.00 32.00 34.00 38.00 42.00 65.00 95.00 1025 14500 - -
$ - - - - - 32.00 34.00 36.00 40.00 44.00 70.00 235 8825 33000
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3370
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 68


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1/14/2004 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 1832, 1832/Lot# 1067 $55.00
11/20/2007 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #27114, 27114/Lot# 13073 $51.00
12/3/2009 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2009 December Houston, TX US Coin Auction #1132, 1132/Lot# 297 $805.00
10/24/2011 PCGS MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 630, 637/Lot# 1098 $57.00
9/25/2013 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 1401 $195.50
9/25/2013 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(7), 1189/Lot# 7546 $940.00
3/9/2014 NGC MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/09/2014, 167/Lot# 135111 $31.00
7/4/2014 NGC MS 67   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3489, 6040/Lot# 21140 $493.50


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