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
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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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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 584
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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3/24/2004 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2004 March Portland, OR Signature Sale #344, 344/Lot# 5376 $1,251.20
5/25/2008 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 3858 $1,667.50
6/14/2009 PCGS MS 66   Teletrade Auction 2705, 2705/Lot# 1229 $2,357.50
1/9/2013 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1181/Lot# 9175 $822.50
1/20/2013 PCGS AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 735, 744/Lot# 1050 $75.00
11/3/2013 PCGS VG 8   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/03/2013, 99/Lot# 149061 $220.00
5/5/2014 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3480, 6029/Lot# 20082 $399.50
6/4/2014 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 4 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1206/Lot# 3435 $3,055.00


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