Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,520
Catalog: KM-133
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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1913 TYPE 1 5C PF obverse 1913 TYPE 1 5C PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

In his book The Complete Guide to Buffalo Nickels, David W. Lange observed of this issue, "If someone has not had the opportunity to examine Type 1 proofs, these may easily be confused with very well struck currency pieces." Indeed, distinguishing the two is not dependent on strike alone. The proofs have an extremely fine crystalline or satin finish that is quite different from conventional mint luster, but this quality may be obscured on pieces that have been harshly cleaned.

Collectors of the time noted the minimal differences unfavorably, yet this issue still enjoyed respectable sales for the novelty of its design. They've suffered an unusually high attrition rate, and it's possible that many were later spent intentionally or accidentally. Gems are quite elusive and are also in much demand as the only Type 1 issue.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/3/2014

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1913 TYPE 1 5C PF
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 302
Low Grade: 62
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 68


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
4/16/2001 PCGS PF 64   Teletrade Auction 1427, 1427/Lot# 1155 $945.00
9/6/2004 PCGS PF 67   Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 523 $5,750.00
6/27/2005 NGC PF 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 492 $1,265.00
7/7/2011 NGC PF 67   Heritage Auctions 2011 July Orlando Summer FUN Signature US Coin Auction Session(1), 1157/Lot# 3338 $6,325.00
1/3/2012 PCGS PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(6), 1166/Lot# 5343 $4,168.75
4/24/2013 PCGS PF 67   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1184/Lot# 1573 $8,225.00
7/27/2013 PCGS PF 12   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 2118 $1,997.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1913 TYPE 1 5C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base22729537246657770978786091595110021036114612651393168323422525373059651004326770
2493204035036217358118789279681013107211851307148919022403292644757324156180
000000811878927968101310721185130714891902240329264475732400
000000835896939985102411091225135015862122246433285220868300
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Grade: PF 67
Points: 4475
Owner: Leonard Raines
 
Grade: PF 66
Points: 2781
Owner: BillJones
 
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