Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 6,142,000
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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1923 S 5C MS obverse 1923 S 5C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

By the latter part of 1923 the existing supply of nickels in storage from earlier years had finally been distributed, and demand for new pieces existed once again. The six million coined at San Francisco in 1923 were not enough to prevent this issue from becoming slightly scarce in Mint State and in the higher circulated grades.

Most Mint State survivors are less than fully struck, though a very small number of exceptional pieces are known. More common is coins having a decent obverse strike and a mushy reverse that resulted from leftover dies of earlier years.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/3/2014

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1923 S 5C MS
Base $ 8.00 13.00 35.00 125 275 275 330 360 425 525 615 650 685 925 1475 10250 40000 - - - -
$ 315 355 400 440 600 640 675 750 1250 3220 18400 67565 - -
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Total Graded: 1126
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 66

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4/7/1999 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 1151, 1151/Lot# 1207 $5,029.00
6/8/2009 PCGS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 2703, 2703/Lot# 1160 $253.00
2/24/2011 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 561, 568/Lot# 7029 $891.25
10/2/2011 NGC VF 20   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131141/Lot# 24095 $69.00
9/25/2013 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 1340 $32,200.00
4/1/2014 PCGS AU 55   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 7557 $317.25
7/6/2014 NGC VF 35   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 171955 $125.00

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