Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 35,715,000
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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1923 5C MS obverse 1923 5C MS reverse

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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

By the summer of 1923 economic activity had picked up enough that additional nickels were needed for circulation. By year's end the Philadelphia Mint produced a substantial quantity, and this issue is common across most grades. Gems are only a bit elusive, and most display decent strikes and bright luster.

A couple of minor doubled-die obverse varieties are noted in the book by John Wexler, Ron Pope and Kevin Flynn, but these are of interest only to variety specialists.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/3/2014

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1923 5C MS
Base $ 2.00 3.50 5.00 6.75 14.00 35.00 40.00 45.00 52.00 65.00 125 170 225 625 1550 7700 - - -
$ - 37.00 44.00 50.00 58.00 75.00 135 190 335 885 2500 15000 -

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Total Graded: 933
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

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5/28/2006 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg May 28-31, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 36/Lot# 1657 $1,092.50
6/29/2008 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 2550, 2550/Lot# 1225 $235.20
9/17/2008 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2008 September Long Beach, CA US Coin Signature Auction #1116, 1116/Lot# 7730 $488.75
7/7/2011 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2011 July Orlando Summer FUN Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1157/Lot# 7663 $575.00
10/23/2011 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131144/Lot# 21158 $19.00
1/19/2012 PCGS MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 655, 662/Lot# 7156 $776.25
3/9/2014 PCGS MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/09/2014, 167/Lot# 135099 $451.00
1/9/2015 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3516, 6085/Lot# 20020 $399.50

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