Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 3,470,000
Catalog: KM-134
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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1914 S 5C MS obverse 1914 S 5C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

Despite a lower mintage than its Denver Mint counterpart, the 1914 S nickel is more available through the lesser grades of Mint State. Only at the gem level does this issue stand out as rare.

The quality of strike for this date is all over the board. Some, like the coin illustrated, are just shy of being fully struck, while others are quite mushy or were coined from severely worn dies. Oftentimes, these worn dies also reveal "chin whiskers," the bold die clash below the Indian's chin from the Latin motto.

One repunched mintmark variety is known for 1914 S, though the initial impression is rather faint. At least one of the several 1914/3 dies was shipped to San Francisco. The S Mint overdate is not as bold as the better Philadelphia varieties, but it is sharper than the 1914/3 D. NGC certified a few of these coins when they first surfaced, but the highly variable sharpness of the overdate has prompted a discontinuance of this recognition.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/9/2015

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1914 S 5C MS
Base $ 25.00 37.00 50.00 65.00 95.00 155 170 185 215 255 305 415 625 2300 7050 16000 35000 - -
$ 115 - - - - - 350 565 1250 3600 10000 - -

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Total Graded: 1472
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 68

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Auction Prices Realized

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7/26/2003 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2003 July Baltimore, MD. Signature Sale #328, 328/Lot# 6155 $3,910.00
9/15/2003 NGC MS 63   Goldberg September 15-17, 2003 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 21/Lot# 185 $391.00
12/18/2004 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions Continuous Internet Auction #64124, 64124/Lot# 24130 $1,758.35
2/28/2011 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 562, 569/Lot# 95 $3,105.00
6/5/2012 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Teletrade Auction 3289, 3289/Lot# 1114 $43.00
10/13/2013 PCGS AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/13/2013, 96/Lot# 143709 $165.00
12/15/2013 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131352/Lot# 26530 $117.50
3/6/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3524, 6093/Lot# 21036 $58.75

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