Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 20,213,003
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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1934 5C MS obverse 1934 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

It was not until well into 1934 that the demand for additional pieces finally prompted the first coinage of nickels at Philadelphia since 1930. By this time the practice of setting aside fresh rolls of each coin issue was becoming a familiar ritual for many collectors, and this issue is plentiful in Mint State.

Most such coins are less than fully struck, with the center of the Indian portrait and the highest point of the bison's coat almost always being incomplete.

Doubled-die varieties are known for both obverse and reverse, but these are too minor to be of interest to general collectors.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/3/2014

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1934 5C MS
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Base $ 1.20 1.35 2.25 4.25 10.50 10.50 18.50 22.00 23.00 28.00 47.00 50.00 55.00 65.00 115 290 635 4175 - - -
$ - - - 26.00 33.00 50.00 55.00 60.00 70.00 135 400 1175 5900 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1068
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


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8/9/2004 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1920, 1920/Lot# 1102 $165.00
2/4/2009 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2009 February Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1122, 1122/Lot# 7890 $264.50
5/20/2012 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/20/2012, 23/Lot# 52210 $41.00
2/22/2013 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 1253 $2,938.68
3/4/2013 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 3420, 3420/Lot# 1425 $55.00
9/8/2013 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131338/Lot# 28604 $80.00
9/25/2013 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 1375 $1,495.00
1/26/2014 PCGS MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 788, 797/Lot# 850 $200.00


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