Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 60,868,000
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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1919 5C MS obverse 1919 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The mintage of this issue was enormous, though its record would be broken the following year. The booming wartime economy, combined with the imposition of temporary taxes during those years, greatly boosted the neee for small value coins.

1919(P) nickels are plentiful across all grades through MS 65. It is very rare to find one fully struck, and even the nicer ones have an overall slight softness that suggests the dies were set further apart than ideal for the sake of extending their utility. Another possibility is that the dies themselves were not hubbed properly and never had complete definition from the outset.

Starting with this year, all Buffalo Nickels have their dates rendered in slightly thicker and much more deeply cut numerals. By 1919 it was already evident that millions of these coins were destined to become dateless, so the Mint took remedial action that helped only slightly. The correct response would have been that taken with the quarter dollar in 1925---recessing the date within an exergue---but this was never done.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/3/2014

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1919 5C MS
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Base $ 2.30 3.50 4.50 8.00 16.00 16.00 30.00 32.00 40.00 55.00 60.00 68.00 85.00 130 220 500 1325 10275 20000 - -
$ - 32.00 35.00 45.00 58.00 65.00 75.00 95.00 150 280 625 2350 15000 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1096
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68


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4/27/2014 MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1204/Lot# 3332


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8/12/1998 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1076, 1076/Lot# 1182 $109.00
10/22/2007 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 188, 194/Lot# 8118 $113.85
2/10/2008 NGC MS 65   Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 1944 $437.00
10/22/2009 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2009 October Signature US Coin Auction #1130, 1130/Lot# 7370 $431.25
9/22/2010 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2010 September Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1144, 1144/Lot# 8838 $172.50
1/13/2013 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/13/2013, 57/Lot# 94397 $107.85
1/20/2013 PCGS MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 735, 744/Lot# 1053 $425.00
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 1675 $1,880.00


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