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 1800 1875 1975 2100 2450 2800 3800 5900 11650 46000 70000 - - -
$ 1300 1875 1950 2075 2250 2650 3250 4250 7475 17650 - - -

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Total Graded: 1002
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 40
High Grade: 67

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4/26/2015 MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1219/Lot# 3614

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11/2/2005 NGC VF 25   Teletrade Auction 2113, 2113/Lot# 1280 $380.80
5/25/2008 NGC XF 45   Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 3876 $891.25
9/15/2008 NGC VF 35   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 283, 289/Lot# 249 $957.95
5/19/2009 PCGS F 15   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction #29055, 29055/Lot# 28462 $115.00
6/14/2011 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers The June 2011 Baltimore Auction, 92/Lot# 2163 $747.50
7/7/2011 NGC Details VF Details  Heritage Auctions 2011 July Orlando Summer FUN Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1157/Lot# 7671 $69.00
1/3/2012 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(6), 1166/Lot# 5317 $6,900.00
7/21/2013 PCGS Genuine G   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/21/2013, 84/Lot# 128878 $12.59
1/19/2014 PCGS F 12   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/19/2014, 185/Lot# 165186 $70.40

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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