Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 6,142,000
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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1923 S 5C MS obverse 1923 S 5C MS reverse

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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

By the latter part of 1923 the existing supply of nickels in storage from earlier years had finally been distributed, and demand for new pieces existed once again. The six million coined at San Francisco in 1923 were not enough to prevent this issue from becoming slightly scarce in Mint State and in the higher circulated grades.

Most Mint State survivors are less than fully struck, though a very small number of exceptional pieces are known. More common is coins having a decent obverse strike and a mushy reverse that resulted from leftover dies of earlier years.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/1/2015

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1923 S 5C MS
Base $ 8.00 13.00 35.00 125 275 310 385 440 545 650 715 940 1600 9450 40000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - 775 1100 2800 18400 - - -

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Total Graded: 1187
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 66

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
9/26/2002 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2002 September Long Beach Signature Sale #300, 300/Lot# 5998 $1,322.50
2/24/2011 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 561, 568/Lot# 7029 $891.25
12/11/2011 PCGS VF 35   Teletrade Auction 3187, 3187/Lot# 1658 $103.50
7/12/2012 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1172/Lot# 7728 $218.50
10/17/2012 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 24356 $211.50
2/3/2013 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg February 3-6, 2013 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 72/Lot# 1185 $11,270.00
2/3/2014 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1202/Lot# 5059 $8,812.50
10/12/2014 PCGS F 15   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 225143 $1.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1923 S 5C MS
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 2106
Owner: MarkPaul
Grade: XF 45
Points: 847
Owner: mikefromct
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