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: 4/3/2014

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1919 S 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 9.50 20.00 53.00 120 250 375 400 440 550 760 1200 1775 3850 15000 112000 - - - -
$ 270 390 425 490 600 875 1550 2800 5175 35250 - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 750
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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1/25/2004 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 1682 $1,265.00
8/29/2007 NCS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 2415, 2415/Lot# 1076 $190.40
1/7/2009 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2009 January Orlando, FL FUN Auction #1121, 1121/Lot# 3645 $8,625.00
2/28/2012 PCGS AU 58   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 1881 $1,725.00
4/29/2013 PCGS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 3428, 3428/Lot# 1141 $223.25
8/4/2013 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 763, 772/Lot# 273 $350.00
5/4/2014 PCGS Genuine Genuine   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/04/2014, 169/Lot# 191859 $139.70


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1919 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1311752272924237257649499901051120613031461188623193386608912646654598543074653580
14619224933652473882696310101103123813561603203026754287827512646764816818383570
0000008269631010110312381356160320302675428782751264676481681800
00000088797610311154127114081744217530305188104601264687512378200
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 12646
Owner: misujry
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 1051
Owner: ad4400
 
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