Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 7,521,000
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 S 5C MS obverse 1919 S 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This issue was widely hoarded by collectors in low grades during the 1930s-50s, yet by then a good percentage of the mintage was already dateless and thus lost. Pieces grading F 12 and higher are scarce and highly sought.

Mint State examples are scarce but not truly rare. Most, however, are of very poor quality as made. Weak strikes from worn dies are the norm. The example illustrated was coined from badly clashed dies. Its obverse was then ground down to remove the resulting "chin whiskers," and this has left the Indian almost neckless.

Gems are exceedingly rare for this date, and none will be fully struck to the extent of early dates in this series. The master hubs for both obverse and reverse lost some detail from repeated use, and this led to a gradual erosion of fine detail that is most evident when viewing the proofs of 1936-37.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/9/2015

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1919 S 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 9.50 20.00 53.00 120 250 375 400 440 550 825 1225 1950 3700 15000 115000 - - - -
$ 270 - - - - 925 1550 2800 4100 35250 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 771
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66


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4/25/2002 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2002 April Columbus, OH (CSNS) Signature Sale #288, 288/Lot# 5378 $862.50
8/21/2006 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2006 August Denver, CO Online Session #415, 415/Lot# 7529 $920.00
8/29/2007 NCS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 2415, 2415/Lot# 1076 $190.40
2/4/2009 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2009 February Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1122, 1122/Lot# 752 $2,760.00
5/29/2011 PCGS AU 55   Goldberg May 29 - June 1, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction of US, World Coins and Currency, 63/Lot# 189 $437.00
8/4/2013 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 763, 772/Lot# 273 $350.00
5/11/2014 PCGS VF 35   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/11/2014, 179/Lot# 182941 $137.50
6/3/2014 PCGS AU 55   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 3698 $329.00


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