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
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Base $ 9.50 20.00 53.00 120 250 250 375 400 440 550 625 760 1200 1775 3850 15000 112000 - - - -
$ 270 390 425 490 600 700 875 1550 2800 5175 35250 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 745
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66


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2/11/2007 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 1201 $1,092.50
4/5/2010 PCGS VF 20   Teletrade Auction 2834, 2834/Lot# 1200 $86.25
12/8/2011 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2011 December 8-11 US Coins Signature Auction- New York Session(1), 1162/Lot# 3280 $10,350.00
6/10/2012 PCGS Genuine VF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/10/2012, 26/Lot# 54613 $14.00
9/6/2012 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2012 September 6-9 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(4), 1174/Lot# 7636 $411.25
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 63   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1221 $1,410.00
12/15/2013 PCGS F 15   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 782, 791/Lot# 146 $75.00


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