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: 7/17/2014

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1913 TYPE 1 5C PF
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 750 850 1025 1275 2400 3450 4900 11750 32500 - -
$ - - - - - 800 900 1125 1500 2900 4150 6850 13500 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 305
Low Grade: 62
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 68


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1/12/2015 PF 67   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1216/Lot# 3669


Auction Prices Realized

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1/7/2000 NGC PF 67   Heritage Auctions 2000 F.U.N. Signature Sale #218, 218/Lot# 6528 $3,450.00
6/27/2005 NGC PF 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 492 $1,265.00
9/10/2006 NGC PF 65   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 1382 $3,450.00
11/18/2007 NGC PF 67   Teletrade Auction 2450, 2450/Lot# 1178 $3,920.00
9/4/2011 PCGS PF 65   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 865 $2,645.00
11/15/2013 NGC PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 15 - 16 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part II Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1190/Lot# 33029 $2,585.00
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
Base22729537246657770978786091595110021036114612651393168323422525373059651004326770
2493204035036217358118789279681013107211851307148919022403292644757324156180
000000811878927968101310721185130714891902240329264475732400
000000835896939985102411091225135015862122246433285220868300
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Grade: PF 67
Points: 4475
Owner: Leonard Raines
 
Grade: PF 66
Points: 2781
Owner: BillJones
 
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