Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 2,105,000
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 S TYPE 1 5C MS obverse 1913 S TYPE 1 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

With its low mintage, the 1913 S Type 1 nickel would be very rare today in Mint State were it not for the general hoarding that accompanies all first-year coins. Even so, the smaller population of the western states limited the number saved, and this is the scarcest of the three mints across all grades.

Gems of this coin are especially scarce, as the San Francisco Mint seemed to have a great deal of difficulty in striking this type fully. Many Mint State survivors are, like the example shown, quite poorly struck. Also commonly seen are "chin whiskers," a bold die clash of E PLURIBUS UNUM which looks like rough hair below the Indian's chin. At the same time, an impression of the chin on the reverse makes these minute letters nearly impossible to read.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/3/2014

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1913 S TYPE 1 5C MS
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Base $ 42.00 48.00 58.00 70.00 80.00 80.00 100.00 105 110 120 125 130 150 190 325 800 1550 5300 36500 - -
$ 85.00 105 110 115 125 130 140 175 225 440 1050 1900 8000 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1482
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68


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1/12/2015 MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1216/Lot# 3613


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7/30/2000 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 1339, 1339/Lot# 1047 $463.25
2/11/2007 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 1163 $373.75
11/5/2007 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 192, 198/Lot# 159 $230.00
9/17/2008 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2008 September Long Beach, CA US Coin Signature Auction #1116, 1116/Lot# 7691 $575.00
1/3/2012 NGC MS 68   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(6), 1166/Lot# 5231 $12,650.00
1/1/2013 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers The January 2013 Americana Sale, 180/Lot# 12226 $1,410.00
2/3/2013 NGC Details XF Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/03/2013, 60/Lot# 96850 $33.00
3/24/2013 PCGS AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/24/2013, 67/Lot# 94527 $78.10
8/30/2013 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 4309 $822.50


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