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: 9/1/2015

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1919 S 5C MS
Base $ 9.50 20.00 53.00 120 250 375 400 440 550 825 1225 1950 3800 15000 115000 - - - -
$ 270 - - - - 925 1550 2800 4550 35250 - - -

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Total Graded: 773
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66

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7/20/2003 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 1754, 1754/Lot# 1032 $1,210.00
1/25/2004 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 1682 $1,265.00
1/9/2013 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1181/Lot# 9184 $59.00
1/20/2013 PCGS VF 30   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 735, 744/Lot# 1055 $130.00
8/30/2013 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 3060 $2,820.00
1/8/2014 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1201/Lot# 8532 $1,880.00
2/16/2014 PCGS F 12   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/16/2014, 174/Lot# 169690 $35.00
10/8/2014 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 8 - 13 PNG New York Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(5), 1210/Lot# 7488 $282.00

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