Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 970,000
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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1926 S 5C MS obverse 1926 S 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

What a difference a few years makes. The 1926 S nickel had a mintage not much lower than that of the 1931 S issue, but it it vastly more rare in Mint State. While the later date was not released in large numbers until 1935, when speculators were ready to pounce on it, the 1926 S nickels were seemingly all issued to circulation at or near their time of minting. It's doubtful that more than a few hundred survive unworn.

Most examples are poorly struck on one or both sides from dies that show varying degrees of erosion. As is usually the case with coins having mintmarks on their reverse, it is those dies that were used the longest and are most likely to display heavy wear and distorted peripheries.

Collectors hoarded this issue from circulation starting in the late 1930s, but its modest mintage largely stymied their efforts. It remains scarce in lower grades and rare in grades VF and higher.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/21/2015

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1926 S 5C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 22.50 45.00 98.00 285 875 875 2550 2950 3550 4200 5000 5550 6250 10250 18250 99000 145000 - - - -
$ 1100 2700 3350 3950 4600 5500 6000 6900 14000 27500 - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1724
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 40
High Grade: 66


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3/31/2015 XF 45   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131513/Lot# 29060


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6/5/2002 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2002 June Long Beach Signature Sale #292, 292/Lot# 5500 $17,250.00
8/20/2007 NGC XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 170, 176/Lot# 202 $1,104.00
4/7/2010 PCGS VF 30   Teletrade Auction 2835, 2835/Lot# 1287 $414.00
2/3/2013 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg February 3-6, 2013 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 72/Lot# 1195 $115,000.00
2/3/2014 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1202/Lot# 5065 $18,800.00
5/19/2014 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3482, 6031/Lot# 20093 $2,585.00
6/8/2014 NGC VF 20   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/08/2014, 202/Lot# 171960 $192.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1926 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3174015006187931583179927812985326035253817400042175212658112417139148338122593858464121
3454345396761056165521262849307733483622387840724549566885261291613914964521034470960
0000002126284930773348362238784072454956688526129161391496452103400
000000245429173168343737203939414548806125104721341513914109522980900
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 6581
Owner: misujry
 
Grade: AU 53
Points: 2985
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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