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: 766
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 66

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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
3/17/2011 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2011 March Sacramento Signature ANA US Coin Auction Session(1), 1153/Lot# 3236 $977.50
8/13/2012 NGC AU 50   Teletrade Auction 3328, 3328/Lot# 1158 $368.00
9/6/2012 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2012 September 6-9 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(1), 1174/Lot# 3677 $1,410.00
3/31/2013 NGC Details VF Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/31/2013, 68/Lot# 96843 $99.00
3/23/2014 PCGS MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 796, 805/Lot# 749 $850.00
5/18/2014 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131421/Lot# 21014 $282.00
6/3/2014 PCGS AU 55   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 3691 $434.75

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