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

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
2/2/1994 NGC PF 65   Heritage Auctions February 1994 Long Beach Bullet Sale #113, 113/Lot# 138 $1,155.00
2/17/1997 NGC PF 66   Teletrade Auction 0920, 920/Lot# 1099 $1,728.00
3/1/2006 NGC PF 67   Heritage Auctions 2006 March Palm Beach, FL Signature Auction #412, 412/Lot# 365 $5,462.50
9/10/2006 NGC PF 67   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 1385 $834.00
3/15/2007 PCGS PF 67   Heritage Auctions 2007 ANA Charlotte National Money Show Auction, Presented by Robert Korver #432, 432/Lot# 352 $5,750.00
11/28/2011 PCGS PF 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 640, 647/Lot# 89 $4,508.00
8/8/2014 PCGS PF 65   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 3226 $3,290.00
1/7/2015 NGC PF 67   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1216/Lot# 3669 $4,935.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1913 TYPE 1 5C PF
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Grade: PF 67
Points: 4475
Owner: Leonard Raines
Grade: PF 66
Points: 2781
Owner: BillJones
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