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: 4/3/2014

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1915 S 5C MS
Base $ 50.00 70.00 105 185 375 375 515 540 565 625 675 725 850 1075 1500 3500 4500 40000 - - -
$ 410 535 565 600 675 725 775 950 1300 2375 4025 6475 - -

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Total Graded: 765
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 66

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9/18/1996 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 0877, 877/Lot# 1199 $572.25
9/24/2007 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 180, 186/Lot# 290 $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
1/5/2011 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(6), 1151/Lot# 9846 $862.50
6/5/2013 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2013 June 5 - 9 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(6), 1186/Lot# 7493 $881.25
6/29/2014 PCGS XF 40   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 204307 $288.00
7/11/2014 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3490, 6041/Lot# 20129 $522.88
8/31/2014 PCGS Genuine AU   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131436/Lot# 23560 $356.03

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