Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 3,470,000
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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1914 S 5C MS obverse 1914 S 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Despite a lower mintage than its Denver Mint counterpart, the 1914 S nickel is more available through the lesser grades of Mint State. Only at the gem level does this issue stand out as rare.

The quality of strike for this date is all over the board. Some, like the coin illustrated, are just shy of being fully struck, while others are quite mushy or were coined from severely worn dies. Oftentimes, these worn dies also reveal "chin whiskers," the bold die clash below the Indian's chin from the Latin motto.

One repunched mintmark variety is known for 1914 S, though the initial impression is rather faint. At least one of the several 1914/3 dies was shipped to San Francisco. The S Mint overdate is not as bold as the better Philadelphia varieties, but it is sharper than the 1914/3 D. NGC certified a few of these coins when they first surfaced, but the highly variable sharpness of the overdate has prompted a discontinuance of this recognition.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/3/2014

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1914 S 5C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 25.00 37.00 50.00 65.00 95.00 95.00 155 170 185 215 235 255 305 415 625 2500 6600 16000 35000 - -
$ 115 165 180 205 230 250 285 350 565 1250 3600 10000 17250 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1410
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 68


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5/22/1996 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 0843, 843/Lot# 1204 $348.80
9/6/2004 NGC MS 63   Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 537 $334.00
9/24/2007 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 180, 186/Lot# 289 $1,495.00
5/30/2012 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2012 May 30- June 3 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(4), 1171/Lot# 7849 $517.50
9/9/2012 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131238/Lot# 22663 $84.00
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1212 $1,292.50
6/2/2013 PCGS AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/02/2013, 77/Lot# 110692 $110.00


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