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
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 50.00 70.00 105 185 375 515 540 565 625 725 850 1075 1500 3500 4500 40000 - - -
$ 410 535 565 600 675 775 950 1300 2375 4025 6475 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 779
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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9/24/2007 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 180, 186/Lot# 290 $2,012.50
6/26/2008 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2008 June West Palm Beach, FL (Summer FUN) Signature Coin Auction #1110, 1110/Lot# 411 $2,127.50
9/6/2009 PCGS XF 45   Goldberg September 6-8, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 54/Lot# 2520 $264.50
3/21/2012 PCGS VG 8   Teletrade Auction 3246, 3246/Lot# 1187 $69.00
2/16/2014 NGC Details VF Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/16/2014, 174/Lot# 171914 $88.00
1/29/2015 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 29 - February 1 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1217/Lot# 7193 $1,292.50
3/31/2015 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 32706 $822.50


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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