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
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1928 S 5C MS obverse 1928 S 5C MS reverse

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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

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: 6/3/2015

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1928 S 5C MS
Base $ 1.50 2.40 3.25 11.50 29.00 110 130 175 220 280 425 600 950 3650 15000 26500 - - -
$ 35.00 - - - - - 465 700 1600 5000 - - -

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Total Graded: 722
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

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8/19/1995 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 1995 ANA Sale #139, 139/Lot# 5870 $3,520.00
9/12/2005 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 2091, 2091/Lot# 1197 $616.00
5/1/2006 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 85: Chi Yin Collection, 90/Lot# 35 $4,312.50
7/5/2006 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2006 July Dallas, TX Coin Signature Auction #407, 407/Lot# 487 $4,025.00
8/26/2012 PCGS MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/26/2012, 37/Lot# 65415 $660.00
9/22/2014 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 1362 $11,497.70
10/10/2014 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 14611 $705.00
6/28/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3533, 6112/Lot# 20332 $58.75

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