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
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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: 9/10/2014

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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 106000 150000 - - - -
$ 1100 2700 3350 3950 4600 5500 6000 6900 14000 26000 140000 - - -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1694
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 40
High Grade: 66


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1/12/2015 XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(8), 1216/Lot# 9629


Auction Prices Realized

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5/1/2006 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 85: Chi Yin Collection, 90/Lot# 31 $14,950.00
1/6/2010 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2010 January Orlando, FL FUN US Coin Auction #1136, 1136/Lot# 571 $2,530.00
11/21/2010 PCGS F 12   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 210115/Lot# 25032 $74.00
3/25/2012 NGC VF 35   Teletrade Auction 3247, 3247/Lot# 1192 $360.00
2/3/2013 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg February 3-6, 2013 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 72/Lot# 1195 $115,000.00
3/24/2013 PCGS F 15   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/24/2013, 67/Lot# 94406 $138.60
8/5/2014 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1208/Lot# 9214 $705.00
7/11/2014 NGC XF 40   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5472 $549.90


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1926 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base31740150061875412391570184320982250245825852643283435484064765180588338122593858464121
3454345396639151349166119282148231925002604270630723720525977868151964521034470960
00000016611928214823192500260427063072372052597786815196452103400
000000175220132199238825422623277033103892645579228244109522980900
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 4064
Owner: misujry
 
Grade: AU 53
Points: 2098
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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