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
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1927 S 5C MS obverse 1927 S 5C MS reverse


  
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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: 4/3/2014

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1927 S 5C MS
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Base $ 1.50 2.75 5.50 35.00 90.00 90.00 190 230 315 440 615 750 1425 2200 3800 22000 65000 - - - -
$ 100.00 200 250 385 590 675 875 1700 2900 5900 34500 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 610
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66


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1/12/2015 MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1216/Lot# 3646
1/12/2015 MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1216/Lot# 3645


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9/19/2010 NGC XF 45   Goldberg $230.00
3/14/2012 NGC Details VF Details  Teletrade Auction 3242, 3242/Lot# 1114 $12.00
1/6/2013 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131303/Lot# 28977 $105.75
2/27/2014 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 27 - 28 & March 2 Mid-Winter ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Atlanta Session(3), 1203/Lot# 4459 $2,350.00
5/4/2014 PCGS XF 40   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/04/2014, 169/Lot# 191341 $148.50
6/3/2014 PCGS   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 3714 $111.63
9/14/2014 PCGS MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 821, 830/Lot# 10307 $1,700.00
11/6/2014 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2014 November 6 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(5), 1211/Lot# 7420 $940.00


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