Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 22,849,000
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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1930 5C MS obverse 1930 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Even though the mintage of nickels at Philadelphia was lower than usual 1930, it still proved to be far more coins than were needed during the early years of the Great Depression. No additional pieces were struck there until 1934.

With so many new coins idled until that later year, these fell into the hands of collectors and speculators who put away perhaps hundreds of Mint State rolls. This issue is fairly common in all grades through MS 65. Most have excellent luster, though the quality of strike ranges from average to good, with fully struck pieces being very rare. More often seen is flatness in the hair above the braid knot typified by the example illustrated.

Why so many doubled-die varieties occurred for 1930(P) nickels on both obverse and reverse is unknown. The list at left is just the tip of the iceberg and represents those varieties sufficiently appealing to carry a premium.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/3/2014

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1930 5C MS
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Base $ 1.30 1.65 2.75 4.50 11.50 11.50 20.00 21.00 22.00 25.00 32.50 39.00 52.00 75.00 95.00 215 435 3800 - - -
$ - - 22.00 24.00 27.00 36.00 43.00 58.00 80.00 105 265 735 5000 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1391
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


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4/27/2014 MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(8), 1204/Lot# 8864


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10/21/1998 NGC F 15   Teletrade Auction 1098, 1098/Lot# 1279 $11.75
9/26/2002 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2002 September Long Beach Signature Sale #300, 300/Lot# 6039 $862.50
2/20/2005 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1041 $517.50
4/25/2005 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Richmond Sale, Internet-Only Auction, 40/Lot# 284 $80.50
1/9/2008 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2008 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Coin Auction #454, 454/Lot# 789 $7,475.00
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 24368 $213.85
12/1/2013 PCGS AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/01/2013, 103/Lot# 149066 $225.50


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