Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 36,446,000
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
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1929 5C MS obverse 1929 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This issue is plentiful across all grades through MS 65, though all fall just a bit short of being fully struck. As with so many coins of the 1920s, it seems that budget constraints likely prompted the dies to be set further apart than optimal to extend their lives. The coin illustrated is typical of what passes for a fully struck 1929(P) nickel.

A couple of minor doubled-die obverse varieties are known for this issue, but they draw little attention from collectors.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/3/2014

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1929 5C MS
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Base $ 1.20 1.35 2.25 4.50 11.75 11.75 20.00 21.00 22.00 28.00 33.50 40.00 50.00 75.00 105 315 875 27500 - - -
$ - - 22.00 24.00 31.00 36.00 44.00 55.00 85.00 135 415 2800 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1160
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


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3/24/2004 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2004 March Portland, OR Signature Sale #344, 344/Lot# 5403 $2,012.50
5/6/2007 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 2363, 2363/Lot# 1177 $313.60
5/25/2008 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 3890 $356.50
11/23/2008 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Coin Auction #68115, 68115/Lot# 65058 $230.00
1/1/2012 NGC MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/01/2012, 1/Lot# 31058 $52.85
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 24366 $79.90
4/28/2013 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 749, 758/Lot# 781 $602.00


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