Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 60,868,000
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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1919 5C MS obverse 1919 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The mintage of this issue was enormous, though its record would be broken the following year. The booming wartime economy, combined with the imposition of temporary taxes during those years, greatly boosted the neee for small value coins.

1919(P) nickels are plentiful across all grades through MS 65. It is very rare to find one fully struck, and even the nicer ones have an overall slight softness that suggests the dies were set further apart than ideal for the sake of extending their utility. Another possibility is that the dies themselves were not hubbed properly and never had complete definition from the outset.

Starting with this year, all Buffalo Nickels have their dates rendered in slightly thicker and much more deeply cut numerals. By 1919 it was already evident that millions of these coins were destined to become dateless, so the Mint took remedial action that helped only slightly. The correct response would have been that taken with the quarter dollar in 1925---recessing the date within an exergue---but this was never done.

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Last Updated: 5/18/2015

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1919 5C MS
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Base $ 2.30 3.50 4.50 8.00 16.00 30.00 32.00 40.00 55.00 68.00 85.00 140 210 550 1450 8700 21000 - -
$ - - - - - 75.00 95.00 165 280 650 2450 15500 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1122
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68


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2/27/2003 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2003 February Long Beach Signature Sale #314, 314/Lot# 5931 $1,495.00
4/10/2008 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 237, 243/Lot# 5182 $207.00
9/17/2008 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2008 September Long Beach, CA US Coin Signature Auction #1116, 1116/Lot# 756 $920.00
11/16/2008 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 2612, 2612/Lot# 1233 $115.00
10/23/2011 NGC MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/23/2011, 141/Lot# 20805 $407.00
2/3/2013 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg February 3-6, 2013 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 72/Lot# 1176 $1,006.00
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 1675 $1,880.00
11/15/2013 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 15 - 16 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part II Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 1190/Lot# 33301 $11,750.00


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