Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 5,635,000
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
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1937 S 5C MS obverse 1937 S 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This is almost certainly the finest S-Mint Buffalo Nickel in terms of overall luster, surfaces and strike. It is also seemingly the most common in terms of surviving Mint State pieces, as this date was still being issued by banks a year or two later and was thus squirreled away by collectors and speculators.

Repunched mintmark varieties are numerous for 1937 S nickels, though they are more subtle than those of the previous two years and have attracted only limited interest.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/3/2014

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1937 S 5C MS
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Base $ 1.10 1.15 1.50 2.25 4.00 4.00 9.50 10.00 12.50 17.00 30.00 32.00 34.00 38.00 42.00 65.00 95.00 1025 14500 - -
$ - - - - - 32.00 34.00 36.00 40.00 44.00 70.00 235 8825 33000
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3370
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 68


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1/15/2007 NGC MS 67   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 122, 127/Lot# 279 $1,035.00
9/23/2007 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 1231 $103.50
6/27/2011 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 3091, 3091/Lot# 1087 $32.00
1/3/2012 NGC MS 68   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(6), 1166/Lot# 5288 $11,500.00
8/19/2012 PCGS MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/19/2012, 36/Lot# 53032 $62.70
5/12/2013 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131321/Lot# 24079 $50.00
6/9/2014 NGC MS 67   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3485, 6034/Lot# 20169 $493.50


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