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: 4/16/2015

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1926 S 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 22.50 45.00 98.00 285 875 2550 2950 3550 4200 5550 6250 10250 18250 99000 145000 - - - -
$ 1100 2700 3350 3950 4600 6000 6900 14000 27500 125000 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1722
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 40
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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1/12/2005 NGC VF 30   Heritage Auctions 2005 Ft. Lauderdale FL. (FUN) Signature Sale #360, 360/Lot# 5900 $322.00
3/18/2010 NGC VF 30   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 463, 469/Lot# 5142 $230.00
5/6/2012 PCGS F 12   Teletrade Auction 3271, 3271/Lot# 1257 $55.00
9/29/2013 PCGS F 12   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/29/2013, 94/Lot# 139508 $58.30
1/26/2014 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg January 26-28, 2014 January Pre-Long Beach Sale 17.5% BP, 78/Lot# 1033 $15,275.00
4/21/2014 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3478, 6027/Lot# 20046 $2,585.00
10/19/2014 PCGS VF 30   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131443/Lot# 27059 $293.75
11/9/2014 NGC F 15   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131446/Lot# 25142 $76.00


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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