Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 10,300,000
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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1935 S 5C MS obverse 1935 S 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Numerous rolls of Mint State 1935 S nickels were set aside by collectors of that time, and this issue is thus fairly common unworn. Nearly all of these coins, however, are deficient in strike, as on the example illustrated. There is probably just a handful of fully struck coins, and these should bring a premium. The luster of 1935 S nickels typically is quite pleasing, and this helps to explain the large number certified as MS 65 and higher.

This is another issue that is rich in varieties. It may be that the sudden and very large increase in coinage during the years 1935-36 caught the Philadelphia Mint's Engraving Department unprepared and understaffed, with new hires perhaps accounting for the many repunched mintmarks. Other varieties include one doubled-die obverse and several for the reverse, all but one of these being rather minor.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/3/2014

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1935 S 5C MS
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Base $ 1.10 1.15 1.75 2.25 4.50 4.50 17.50 18.50 20.00 37.00 45.00 50.00 54.00 65.00 85.00 215 435 3850 - - -
$ - - - - 40.00 50.00 54.00 58.00 75.00 120 275 825 5500 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1310
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67


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5/26/2004 PCGS MS 66   Teletrade Auction 1888, 1888/Lot# 1122 $440.00
9/23/2007 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 1223 $299.00
7/7/2011 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2011 July Orlando Summer FUN Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1157/Lot# 7701 $172.50
5/30/2012 NGC MS 67   Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 2449 $3,818.75
7/21/2013 PCGS Genuine UNC   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/21/2013, 84/Lot# 128881 $31.00
8/8/2013 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(6), 1188/Lot# 7451 $2,232.50
10/27/2013 PCGS MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 775, 784/Lot# 1032 $75.00


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