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: 9/1/2015

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1913 S TYPE 1 5C MS
Base $ 42.00 48.00 58.00 70.00 80.00 100.00 105 110 120 130 150 190 325 800 1550 6600 36500 - -
$ 85.00 - - - - - 175 225 440 1050 2350 10500 -

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Total Graded: 1532
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68

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Auction Prices Realized

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3/13/2005 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 2012, 2012/Lot# 1130 $577.50
10/18/2007 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 187, 193/Lot# 5115 $230.00
2/3/2013 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg February 3-6, 2013 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 72/Lot# 1151 $834.00
3/21/2013 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 March 21 -22 & 24 US Coin Signature Auction - Dallas Session(4), 1183/Lot# 7378 $587.50
8/30/2013 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 4308 $465.30
2/27/2014 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 27 - 28 & March 2 Mid-Winter ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Atlanta Session(5), 1203/Lot# 7303 $705.00
6/29/2014 NGC MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 188467 $180.00
5/31/2015 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131523/Lot# 23206 $129.25

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1913 S TYPE 1 5C MS
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 3919
Owner: upperbracket
Grade: MS 65
Points: 1505
Owner: BankNote1
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