Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 4,882,000
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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1918 S 5C MS obverse 1918 S 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1918 S nickel had a rather modest mintage at a time when most production figures were quite high. Despite the hoarding of worn S-Mint coins from circulation that typified the coin hobby from the 1930s through the 1950s, this issue remains fairly scarce across all grades.

Mint State pieces do survive, but their quality is usually quite disappointing. Very weak strikes, whether from fresh or worn dies, are the norm. It appears that the San Francisco Mint increased the set distance between the dies to extend their useful life, so this issue never really had a chance.

The coin illustrated is typical of many Buffalo Nickels in that it reveals a mis-matched die pair. The obverse die is clearly quite worn, yet the reverse die was fresh, probably a replacement for one that became unusable through severe clashing or breaking. Such contradictions between obverse and reverse just add to the difficulty of grading Buffalo Nickels, particularly those in the higher circulated grades.

Gems of this date are exceedingly rare, while most Mint State coins will have less than satisfying luster.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/3/2014

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1918 S 5C MS
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Base $ 14.50 26.00 55.00 115 210 210 315 345 460 500 625 800 1300 2650 4600 19000 60000 - - - -
$ 260 335 360 490 525 675 1050 1700 3250 7900 26500 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 640
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66


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9/10/2006 NGC MS 65   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 1399 $15,238.00
11/12/2006 PCGS AU 58   Teletrade Auction 2285, 2285/Lot# 1253 $560.00
11/7/2011 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2011 November 7-9 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(1), 1161/Lot# 3168 $3,220.00
5/30/2012 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 2431 $10,062.50
1/1/2013 NGC MS 66   Stack's Bowers The January 2013 Americana Sale, 180/Lot# 13139 $18,800.00
1/9/2013 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1181/Lot# 3474 $998.75
5/12/2013 PCGS XF 40   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 751, 760/Lot# 555 $200.00
1/19/2014 PCGS G 4   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/19/2014, 185/Lot# 128919 $53.00


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