Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 1,437,000
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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1924 S 5C MS obverse 1924 S 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This issue had one of the lowest mintages in the popular Buffalo Nickel series, and it has long been prized in any grade. Heavily worn pieces were widely hoarded from the late 1930s through the 1950s, so coins grading less than Fine are only slightly scarce.

Among S-Mint nickels of the 1920s, this date is more often seen with decent strike than others. None are ever as fully struck as those of the 1910s, but they are generally much sharper than notorious dates such as 1920 S and 1925 S.

Three repunched mintmark varieties are noted, but they are too minor to attract much interest on a coin that is already costly in most grades.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/3/2014

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1924 S 5C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 17.00 36.00 105 365 1175 1175 1800 1875 1975 2100 2375 2450 2800 3800 5900 11650 44000 - - - -
$ 1300 1875 1950 2075 2250 2550 2650 3250 4250 7475 17650 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 965
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 40
High Grade: 66


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9/6/2014 XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1209/Lot# 7293


Auction Prices Realized

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7/26/2003 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2003 July Baltimore, MD. Signature Sale #328, 328/Lot# 6236 $10,062.50
6/20/2005 NGC VF 20   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #44, 48/Lot# 175 $391.00
5/25/2008 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 3875 $7,187.50
6/26/2008 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2008 June West Palm Beach, FL (Summer FUN) Signature Coin Auction #1110, 1110/Lot# 446 $12,650.00
3/27/2011 NGC AU 50   Teletrade Auction 3037, 3037/Lot# 1307 $575.00
4/1/2014 PCGS   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 7562 $258.50
7/6/2014 NGC F 12   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 202370 $75.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1924 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1982553234097931558173018861990205621512212225023852727309442395486574787682290336436
21727735153710481615178219202012208721712224229524992849347546545573675413479274140
00000017821920201220872171222422952499284934754654557367541347900
00000018341955203421192191223723402613297138575070566077611819100
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 5573
Owner: misujry
 
Grade: VF 20
Points: 793
Owner: BankNote1
 
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