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: 7/9/2015

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1915 S 5C MS
Base $ 50.00 70.00 105 185 390 515 540 565 625 725 850 1075 1525 3750 5100 40000 - - -
$ 425 - - - - 775 950 1300 2000 4300 7000 - -

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Total Graded: 793
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 66

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Auction Prices Realized

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5/27/2007 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 952 $1,320.00
2/23/2011 NGC Details XF Details  Teletrade Auction 3020, 3020/Lot# 1196 $172.50
7/12/2012 NGC VF 35   Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1172/Lot# 7706 $207.00
6/2/2013 PCGS AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/02/2013, 77/Lot# 110654 $489.50
8/30/2013 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 4313 $686.20
7/27/2014 PCGS G 6   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 814, 823/Lot# 59 $80.00
8/31/2014 PCGS Genuine AU   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131436/Lot# 23560 $356.03
2/26/2015 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2015 February 26 - March 1 PNG Dallas Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(2), 1218/Lot# 3519 $1,762.50

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1915 S 5C MS
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 3238
Grade: MS 61
Points: 1421
Owner: BankNote1
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