Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 10,663,000
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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1921 5C MS obverse 1921 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Mintages plunged in 1921 for all denominations other than the silver dollar, but then its coinage was mandated by law and had nothing to do with commercial demand. Perhaps it was this great reduction in demand for new coins brought on by economic recession that permitted the Philadelphia Mint to perform upgrades to several coin types, but certainly the nickels of this date are superior in sharpness to those of the several preceding years. Both the date and designer's intial were made bolder on this coin.

Despite a relatively low mintage for a Philadelphia Mint coin, the 1921 nickel is far more available in high grades than one would expect. This is due at least in part to the overall higher than usual quality.

A minor doubled-die obverse variety is noted for the 1921(P) nickel, but it is of little interest.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/3/2014

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1921 5C MS
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Base $ 4.50 6.00 9.75 25.00 52.00 52.00 75.00 80.00 105 115 130 175 240 305 475 1025 1775 6250 - - -
$ 58.00 78.00 85.00 110 120 140 200 275 350 590 1300 2400 12500 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 725
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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7/26/2003 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2003 July Baltimore, MD. Signature Sale #328, 328/Lot# 6216 $1,955.00
5/4/2005 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2005 St. Louis, MO (CSNS) Signature Auction #372, 372/Lot# 6149 $6,612.50
2/18/2008 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 220, 226/Lot# 85 $1,368.50
5/25/2008 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 3869 $632.50
3/17/2011 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2011 March Sacramento Signature ANA US Coin Auction Session(4), 1153/Lot# 7588 $661.25
9/18/2011 PCGS VF 30   Teletrade Auction 3139, 3139/Lot# 1388 $27.00
8/26/2012 PCGS MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/26/2012, 37/Lot# 65585 $511.50
4/1/2014 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 7555 $2,467.50


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