Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 3,430,000
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 S 5C MS obverse 1927 S 5C MS reverse

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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

Like the Denver Mint 1927 nickel, the best that can be said of the 1927 S issue is that it comes better than the two preceding dates. Most are less than fully struck, but very poorly struck coins are not often encountered. The fields are sometimes a bit prooflike, probably as a consequence of the dies being repolished to eradicate clash marks. The coin illustrated is a superior specimen in all respects and quite rare as such. The certified population of gem 1927 S nickels is very small.

Problem-free examples are somewhat scarce in the higher circulated grades, but the hoarding that accompanied all S-Mint coins starting in the late 1930s has preserved enough pieces to meet collector demand.

Minor doubled-die varieties are known for both obverse and reverse, but they attract little interest.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/10/2015

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1927 S 5C MS
Base $ 1.50 2.75 5.50 38.00 95.00 200 240 315 460 750 1375 2350 4000 21000 65000 - - - -
$ 105 - 250 385 590 875 1600 2600 6100 - - - -

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Total Graded: 632
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 66

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Auction Prices Realized

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7/26/2003 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2003 July Baltimore, MD. Signature Sale #328, 328/Lot# 6259 $3,680.00
10/25/2004 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #17, 21/Lot# 107 $2,990.00
9/21/2005 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2005 September Long Beach Signature Auction #384, 384/Lot# 1894 $2,300.00
2/11/2007 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 1228 $2,415.00
6/14/2011 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The June 2011 Baltimore Auction, 92/Lot# 2171 $1,840.00
7/7/2011 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2011 July Orlando Summer FUN Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1157/Lot# 7680 $977.50
3/18/2013 PCGS VF 35   Teletrade Auction 3422, 3422/Lot# 1258 $36.00
10/12/2014 NGC AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 222725 $214.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1927 S 5C MS
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 1051
Owner: BankNote1
Grade: XF 45
Points: 366
Owner: mikefromct
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