Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 6,936,000
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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1928 S 5C MS obverse 1928 S 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The typical 1928 S nickel is softly struck with average to good luster. Unlike the S-Mint nickels of earlier years, this weakness is usually not due to the use of extremely worn dies. It appears that the planchets were not properly softened or the die set distance was greater than it should have been, as the softness is uniform on both sides of the coins.

Gems are elusive for this issue. A number of Mint State pieces have been found that are darker than normal, and this points to problems with the planchet stock. Worn examples are plentiful from widespread hoarding of the late 1930s through the early 1960s.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/3/2014

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1928 S 5C MS
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Base $ 1.50 2.40 3.25 11.50 29.00 29.00 105 120 175 215 235 270 415 565 1035 3750 18750 26500 - - -
$ 35.00 110 135 190 225 245 300 465 750 1750 6000 24000 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 716
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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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# 3649
1/12/2015 MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1216/Lot# 3648


Auction Prices Realized

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2/5/2006 NGC MS 64   Goldberg February 5-8, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 34/Lot# 598 $747.50
7/8/2010 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2010 July Orlando, FL (Summer FUN) Signature US Coin Auction #1142, 1142/Lot# 3343 $862.50
5/16/2011 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 584, 591/Lot# 66 $9,430.00
9/28/2011 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Teletrade Auction 3146, 3146/Lot# 1246 $55.00
1/9/2013 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1181/Lot# 9238 $152.75
7/11/2014 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5476 $675.63
10/12/2014 NGC MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 225056 $400.00


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