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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Last Updated: 5/20/2015

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1925 S 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 5.50 9.50 21.50 75.00 175 255 280 315 475 640 1025 1950 3600 23500 47500 - - - -
$ 205 - - - - 750 1250 2350 8450 36500 - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 859
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66


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6/25/2007 NGC AU 53   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 153, 158/Lot# 1198 $270.25
1/31/2010 NGC MS 65   Goldberg January 31 - February 3, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 57/Lot# 921 $11,500.00
9/9/2012 PCGS VF 20   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131238/Lot# 22076 $59.00
2/22/2013 PCGS F 15   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 6872 $23.50
7/21/2013 PCGS F 12   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/21/2013, 84/Lot# 128872 $9.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1925 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base106143186244314563631735783847110311931321177624333447743194509588139144362677019
118157205267397586666751804932113312361473199527714775810494961103023818547570
00000066675180493211331236147319952771477581049496110302381800
000000700767826101811631278162422143109610387779542124723372200
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 2433
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
Grade: XF 40
Points: 563
Owner: MOKANDO
 
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