Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 32,086,314
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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1918 5C MS obverse 1918 5C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

1918 Philadelphia Mint nickels are fairly plentiful, but not to the extent of other P-Mints nickels from the late 1910s. It's a mystery why the mintage of this issue fell from 1917's figure, when all other denominations were coined in greater numbers.

There are plenty of Mint State coins to meet the needs of average collectors, though gems are very elusive. It's exceedingly rare to find a fully struck 1918(P) nickel, as nearly all are weak at their centers. The coin shown is about as sharp as this issue is found.

A nice doubled-die reverse variety is found with this date, though it's not as pronounced as the DDR for 1917(P).


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/1/2015

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1918 5C MS
Base $ 6.50 7.00 9.00 19.00 33.00 50.00 60.00 65.00 95.00 175 245 345 575 1350 3600 16500 - - -
$ 37.00 - - - - - 275 375 815 1900 5400 - -

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Total Graded: 613
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67

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1/28/1998 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 1019, 1019/Lot# 1185 $972.00
3/24/2004 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2004 March Portland, OR Signature Sale #344, 344/Lot# 5376 $1,251.20
1/23/2006 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2006 January Dallas, TX The Jules Reiver Collection Signature Auction #390, 390/Lot# 20929 $1,092.50
5/25/2008 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 3858 $1,667.50
11/3/2013 PCGS VG 8   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/03/2013, 99/Lot# 149061 $220.00
1/26/2014 PCGS AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 788, 797/Lot# 568 $185.00
4/1/2014 PCGS MS 63   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 7547 $305.50
6/4/2015 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2015 June 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1221/Lot# 7288 $399.50

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