Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 30,992,000
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
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
Link to this coin

1913 TYPE 1 5C MS obverse 1913 TYPE 1 5C MS reverse


  
Expand All    Collapse All

VarietyPlus®


Click on a coin to see VarietyPlus details.

Description & Analysis

James Earle Fraser's new nickel debuted in late winter of 1913 amid much fanfare. Most Americans found favor with the design, and huge numbers of these coins were saved as souvenirs. This hoarding only increased when the reverse was modified a few months later. As in 1883, rumors spread that the original issue would be recalled which, of course, was not the case.

As a result of such widespread hoarding, Type 1 nickels of the Philadelphia Mint are extremely common across all but the highest grades. The vast majority of Mint State survivors show the effects of die erosion to some degree, and many also show obvious die clashing, which was quite prevalent with this coin type.

A number of very minor doubled-die obverse and reverse varieties are known for this issue, but these are of little interest. A so-called 3-1/2 legged die state is known, as well, but this is not a true variety and is not recognized by NGC.

GRADE SUMMARY

Loading... Working...

Use the scroll bar at the bottom of this box to view a summary of the NGC Price Guide, NGC Census, Auction Prices Realized and NGC Registry Scores for each grade.

There was no data found for this Coin.

Select Designation

 
NGC PRICE GUIDE
NGC CENSUS*
AUCTION PRICES REALIZED
NGC REGISTRY
SCORE

Select Grade

*To view the Census details for this coin, please sign in or sign up.

Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/3/2014

Click on a price to see historical prices, comparison charts and trends.

1913 TYPE 1 5C MS

The World Coin Price Guide is independently compiled by Krause Publications’ NumisMaster. NGC makes this information available to its website visitors as a free service, but in no way does the information provided represent NGC’s official opinion or policy. For example, varieties listed in the World Coin Price Guide may not necessarily be recognized by NGC. Please contact NGC Customer Service with any questions.

NGC Price and Value Guides Disclaimer

Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 7723
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68


Upcoming Auctions


Auction Prices Realized

A random selection of coins is shown below.

Images
Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
6/1/1996 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 1996 May/June Long Beach Sale #157, 157/Lot# 6712 $286.00
2/2/2009 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 330, 336/Lot# 280 $73.60
4/18/2011 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 3050, 3050/Lot# 1194 $69.00
6/1/2011 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2011 June Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1156/Lot# 7603 $253.00
4/14/2013 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131317/Lot# 26725 $109.28
1/5/2014 PCGS AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/05/2014, 176/Lot# 159357 $19.00
5/19/2014 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3482, 6031/Lot# 20080 $52.88
9/22/2014 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 622 $92.00


Related Articles

Dancing with Dates, Part Two

11/18/2008  — Engravers place their own stamp on early 20th Century Buffalo and Jefferson Nickels.
View full article >
Border Incidents, Part Three

8/24/2007  — David Lange concludes his retrospective on border designs throughout American coinage.
View full article >


NGC Auction Central Disclaimer