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
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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: 776
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66

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2/27/2003 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2003 February Long Beach Signature Sale #314, 314/Lot# 5939 $16,100.00
9/23/2007 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 2538 $3,565.00
8/24/2011 PCGS VG 10   Teletrade Auction 3125, 3125/Lot# 1170 $29.00
6/10/2012 PCGS Genuine VF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/10/2012, 26/Lot# 54613 $14.00
4/22/2013 PCGS VF 35   Teletrade Auction 3427, 3427/Lot# 1327 $152.75
8/4/2013 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 763, 772/Lot# 273 $350.00
11/10/2013 PCGS AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/10/2013, 100/Lot# 151357 $266.20
6/3/2014 PCGS   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 3700 $170.38

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