Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 1,437,000
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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1924 S 5C MS obverse 1924 S 5C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

This issue had one of the lowest mintages in the popular Buffalo Nickel series, and it has long been prized in any grade. Heavily worn pieces were widely hoarded from the late 1930s through the 1950s, so coins grading less than Fine are only slightly scarce.

Among S-Mint nickels of the 1920s, this date is more often seen with decent strike than others. None are ever as fully struck as those of the 1910s, but they are generally much sharper than notorious dates such as 1920 S and 1925 S.

Three repunched mintmark varieties are noted, but they are too minor to attract much interest on a coin that is already costly in most grades.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/26/2015

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1924 S 5C MS
Base $ 17.00 36.00 105 365 1175 1175 1800 1875 1975 2100 2375 2450 2800 3800 5900 11650 46000 70000 - - -
$ 1300 1875 1950 2075 2250 2550 2650 3250 4250 7475 17650 - - -

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Total Graded: 1003
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 40
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
8/6/1997 NGC VF 30   Teletrade Auction 0969, 969/Lot# 1188 $327.00
5/4/2005 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2005 St. Louis, MO (CSNS) Signature Auction #372, 372/Lot# 6164 $4,600.00
2/11/2007 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 1215 $4,080.00
1/3/2011 NGC MS 66   Stack's Bowers The January 2011 Tampa Bay Rarities Sale, 70/Lot# 302 $15,237.50
9/25/2013 PCGS VF 25   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(7), 1189/Lot# 7508 $258.50
11/1/2013 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 1 - 3 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1191/Lot# 3237 $4,846.88
7/6/2014 NGC F 12   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 202370 $75.00
11/16/2014 NGC VF 35   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 830, 839/Lot# 1023 $425.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1924 S 5C MS
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Grade: VF 20
Points: 933
Owner: BankNote1
Grade: VF 30
Points: 6
Owner: ddr70
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