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: 5/7/2015

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1913 TYPE 1 5C PF
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 850 1025 1275 2400 3450 4900 11750 32500 - -
$ - - - - - 900 1125 1500 2900 4150 6850 13500 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 306
Low Grade: 62
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 68


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Auction Prices Realized

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2/17/1997 NGC PF 66   Teletrade Auction 0920, 920/Lot# 1099 $1,728.00
6/27/2005 NGC PF 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 492 $1,265.00
10/24/2006 NGC PF 67   Heritage Auctions 2006 October Dallas Signature Coin Auction #428, 428/Lot# 593 $4,312.50
9/4/2011 PCGS PF 65   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 865 $2,645.00
11/7/2011 PCGS PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2011 November 7-9 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(1), 1161/Lot# 3193 $3,220.00
1/9/2013 NGC PF 67   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1181/Lot# 3504 $4,993.75
8/8/2014 PCGS PF 65   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 3226 $3,290.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1913 TYPE 1 5C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base22729537246657770978786091595110021450155817301949269932163783551582001004326770
2503214035036217358118789279681151148616151803219928713405436064108814156190
000000811878927968115114861615180321992871340543606410881400
000000836897939985130115221673187624493044359449387305942900
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Grade: PF 67
Points: 6410
Owner: Leonard Raines
 
Grade: PF 66
Points: 3783
Owner: BillJones
 
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