Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 6,256,000
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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1925 S 5C MS obverse 1925 S 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Federal employees were notoriously underpaid during the 1920s, and perhaps it was low morale that resulted in the 1925 S cents, nickels and dimes being so very poorly made. All three mints were also under tight budget constraints following the war and may have had to use dies way beyond their natural lifespan.

Whatever the reason, 1925 S nickels typically are among the worst coins of this decade and the entire Buffalo series. Weak strikes from heavily worn dies are common, though a handful of superior coins exist and are highly prized. Gems of this issue are nearly unknown, since luster is also disappointing for many coins. Lower grade pieces are relatively common, however, due to the hoarding from circulation that typified so many 20th Century S-Mint coins.

The example above illustrates a familiar trait of coins from this decade in that the obverse and reverse dies are mismatched. The former is old and tired, while the latter is clearly a fresh replacement for another die that had become unusable. More often seen is an extremely worn reverse having a grossly distorted mintmark that may be hard to distinguish as an S.

Several repunched mintmark varieties are known for this issue, but these are often difficult to make out on the typically worn reverse die.

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1925 S 5C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 5.50 9.50 19.00 77.00 175 175 255 280 315 475 540 640 1075 1950 4000 25000 47500 - - - -
$ 205 280 300 365 525 590 750 1400 2600 8100 35250 95000 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 848
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66


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8/19/1995 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 1995 ANA Sale #139, 139/Lot# 5851 $30,250.00
5/25/2008 NGC -1   Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 3879 $8,337.50
8/8/2010 NCS VF 20   Teletrade Auction 2902, 2902/Lot# 1239 $35.00
8/26/2012 PCGS MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/26/2012, 37/Lot# 65594 $3,245.00
6/23/2013 PCGS MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 757, 766/Lot# 82 $4,755.00
10/13/2013 PCGS VF 30   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131343/Lot# 28251 $63.00
4/14/2014 NGC MS 61   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3477, 6026/Lot# 20133 $925.90


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1925 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base106143186244314395482563631674735774820106619072671719894509588139144362677019
118157205267341424509585645694748789902134621614180794894961103023818547570
00000050958564569474878990213462161418079489496110302381800
00000053660865971476180498416262416568986999542124723372200
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 1907
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
Grade: XF 40
Points: 395
Owner: MOKANDO
 
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