Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 5,435,000
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 S 5C MS obverse 1930 S 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

With its modest mintage, the 1930 S nickel should be much more scarce in Mint State than it is. The fact that it is fairly plentiful unworn may be traced to the near total lack of demand for fresh coins during the early years of the Great Depression. Many thousands of 1930 S nickels remained in storage until demand began to pick up in 1934-35, at which time hoarders were waiting to put these rolls away as investments.

Most survivors have good to excellent luster, though they tend to be poorly struck at their centers. Collectors should be very picky in selecting a well struck coin. Lightly worn examples grading XF or AU are also plentiful, as these were taken from circulation to fill the first generation of coin boards 1935-40.

Several repunched mintmark varieties are known for 1930 S nickels, along with a very minor doubled-die obverse.

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Last Updated: 4/3/2014

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1930 S 5C MS
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Base $ 1.35 1.75 3.00 4.75 15.00 15.00 34.00 37.00 40.00 48.00 63.00 68.00 75.00 135 210 460 1150 14700 - - -
$ - 37.00 40.00 44.00 55.00 68.00 73.00 85.00 155 285 600 4100 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 721
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 66


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2/1/2009 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 2647, 2647/Lot# 1250 $345.00
4/22/2010 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 473, 479/Lot# 5107 $632.50
5/29/2011 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg May 29 - June 1, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction of US, World Coins and Currency, 63/Lot# 192 $149.50
7/28/2013 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/28/2013, 85/Lot# 124933 $188.10
8/30/2013 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 4654 $218.55
9/22/2013 NGC MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/22/2013, 93/Lot# 138710 $210.10
1/8/2014 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1201/Lot# 5742 $3,290.00
2/3/2014 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(5), 1202/Lot# 8135 $386.58


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