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
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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: 9/10/2014

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1924 S 5C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 17.00 36.00 105 365 1175 1175 1800 1875 1975 2100 2375 2450 2800 3800 5900 11650 46000 - - - -
$ 1300 1875 1950 2075 2250 2550 2650 3250 4250 7475 17650 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 987
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 40
High Grade: 66


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5/8/2005 PCGS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 2036, 2036/Lot# 1101 $1,017.50
9/21/2005 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2005 September Long Beach Signature Auction #384, 384/Lot# 1882 $3,737.50
8/9/2007 NGC VF 20   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday Sale - Internet Auction # 167, 172/Lot# 5166 $299.00
9/6/2009 PCGS F 15   Goldberg September 6-8, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 54/Lot# 2533 $103.50
7/26/2012 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The August 2012 Philadelphia ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 140/Lot# 5268 $5,405.00
3/9/2014 NGC F 12   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/09/2014, 167/Lot# 175924 $82.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1924 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1982553234097931558173018861990205621512212225023852727309442395486574787682290336436
21727735153710481615178219202012208721712224229524992849347546545573675413479274140
00000017821920201220872171222422952499284934754654557367541347900
00000018341955203421192191223723402613297138575070566077611819100
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Grade: VF 20
Points: 793
Owner: BankNote1
 
Grade: VF 30
Points: 6
Owner: ddr70
 
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