Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Philadelphia
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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1927 5C SP obverse 1927 5C SP reverse


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Description & Analysis

In the 1980s five extraordinary 1927 Philadelphia Mint nickels surfaced, and these were clearly not of conventional striking. Each was fully struck and possessed satiny surfaces quite unlike normal mint luster but somewhat similar to the satin finish used for the early proofs of 1936. As no proofs were known to have been struck in 1927, NGC elected to certify these coins as Specimen (SP) strikings.

The Annual Report of the Director of the Mint for Fiscal Year 1928, which encompassed the period July 1, 1927 through June 30, 1928, recorded experiments with the chromium plating of dies, and it has been speculated that these coins were a test of this procedure. As the unpublished Mint records for that period were evidently destroyed around 1979-80, it is impossible to confirm this connection, but these five nickels stand on their own merits.

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1927 5C PF
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 5
Low Grade: 65
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 65


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4/28/2009 PCGS SP 65   Heritage Auctions 2009 April-May Cincinnati, OH (CSNS) US Coin Auction #1124, 1124/Lot# 2168 $47,150.00
1/3/2012 NGC SP 65   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(1), 1166/Lot# 3097 $43,125.00


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