Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 37,981,000
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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1927 5C MS obverse 1927 5C MS reverse

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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

In The Complete Guide to Buffalo Nickels, author David W. Lange sums up the 1927(P) nickel as follows: "Well struck coins are the norm for this issue, but no Buffalo Nickel coined 1918 and later will have the sharpness of well struck coins from earlier years. The master hubs for this type gradually became worn, a process accelerated by the high mintages of 1916-20."

1927(P) nickels are plentiful across most grades, with a number of truly outstanding pieces known. Five examples were certified by NGC as Specimen (SP) coins, and it's believed that these were test pieces struck from chromium-plated dies. Such experiments were recorded in the Mint Director's Report for Fiscal Year 1928, though nothing was specifically mentioned regarding which coins were involved.

A minor doubled-die obverse variety is noted, but this is of little interest to most collectors.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/10/2015

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1927 5C MS
Base $ 1.25 1.50 2.25 4.50 12.00 21.00 23.00 25.00 31.00 45.00 58.00 95.00 125 315 650 7100 - - -
$ - - - - - - 65.00 105 150 425 1300 - -

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Total Graded: 1051
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

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10/12/1998 PCGS MS 66   Teletrade Auction 1094, 1094/Lot# 1230 $463.25
5/9/2005 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #38, 42/Lot# 168 $517.50
2/3/2013 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg February 3-6, 2013 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 72/Lot# 1196 $316.00
3/21/2014 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2014 March 21 & 23 US Coins Signature Auction - San Francisco Session(3), 1198/Lot# 11153 $411.25
6/29/2014 PCGS MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 195/Lot# 203764 $234.30
1/25/2015 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131505/Lot# 21149 $364.25
7/20/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers July 2015 Baltimore Auction, 6105/Lot# 30841 $381.88

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