Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 1,505,000
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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1915 S 5C MS obverse 1915 S 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This issue is scarce to rare across all grades, with most survivors being quite heavily worn. There were very few persons collecting current coins by date and mint in 1915. Such activity did not become popular until 20 years later, by which time many 1915 S nickels had already been rendered dateless.

The quality of Mint State pieces is highly variable, with a number of extremely sharp examples known. Most, however, are a bit weak in places or were coined from badly worn and furrowed dies.

Two triple-punched mintmark varieties exist for this date, though the degree of separation between impressions is so slight as to make the variety hard to discern on worn coins.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/18/2015

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1915 S 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 50.00 70.00 105 185 375 515 540 565 625 725 850 1075 1525 3650 4950 40000 - - -
$ 410 - - - - 775 950 1300 2375 4150 7000 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 785
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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8/19/2003 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #23084, 23084/Lot# 13307 $2,012.50
9/6/2009 PCGS XF 45   Goldberg September 6-8, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 54/Lot# 2520 $264.50
7/7/2011 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2011 July Orlando Summer FUN Signature US Coin Auction Session(1), 1157/Lot# 3311 $805.00
1/15/2012 NGC MS 62   Teletrade Auction 3207, 3207/Lot# 1232 $700.00
6/9/2013 PCGS MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 755, 764/Lot# 84 $1,400.00
6/3/2014 PCGS AU 55   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 3691 $434.75
9/7/2014 PCGS VF 35   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/07/2014, 191/Lot# 218107 $200.00
1/4/2015 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131502/Lot# 23170 $564.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1915 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base63201272381586949100511591193122613031363142115581776212432383639884972101770929929
109225308449707968105611701204125213231382146716311892249533725376884910710217820
00000010561170120412521323138214671631189224953372537688491071000
00000011081182121512771343140215121703200828673505711288491420900
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 3238
Owner: MOKANDO
 
Grade: MS 61
Points: 1421
Owner: BankNote1
 
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