Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 32,086,314
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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1918 5C MS obverse 1918 5C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

1918 Philadelphia Mint nickels are fairly plentiful, but not to the extent of other P-Mints nickels from the late 1910s. It's a mystery why the mintage of this issue fell from 1917's figure, when all other denominations were coined in greater numbers.

There are plenty of Mint State coins to meet the needs of average collectors, though gems are very elusive. It's exceedingly rare to find a fully struck 1918(P) nickel, as nearly all are weak at their centers. The coin shown is about as sharp as this issue is found.

A nice doubled-die reverse variety is found with this date, though it's not as pronounced as the DDR for 1917(P).


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/3/2014

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1918 5C MS
Base $ 6.50 7.00 9.00 19.00 33.00 33.00 50.00 60.00 65.00 95.00 120 175 240 325 550 1500 3750 16500 - - -
$ 37.00 55.00 65.00 70.00 115 135 200 275 375 815 1900 5875 29000 -
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Total Graded: 584
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67

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7/9/2009 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2009 July West Palm Beach, FL (Summer FUN) Signature US Coin Auction #1127, 1127/Lot# 7435 $431.25
9/20/2009 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 2747, 2747/Lot# 1373 $1,322.50
11/1/2010 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 528, 535/Lot# 197 $241.50
6/10/2012 PCGS Genuine XF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/10/2012, 26/Lot# 54609 $14.05
9/25/2013 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 1322 $2,070.00
3/2/2014 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131410/Lot# 29116 $258.50
4/21/2014 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3478, 6027/Lot# 20042 $393.63
6/30/2014 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3488, 6037/Lot# 20128 $1,028.13

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