Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 36,446,000
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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1929 5C MS obverse 1929 5C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

This issue is plentiful across all grades through MS 65, though all fall just a bit short of being fully struck. As with so many coins of the 1920s, it seems that budget constraints likely prompted the dies to be set further apart than optimal to extend their lives. The coin illustrated is typical of what passes for a fully struck 1929(P) nickel.

A couple of minor doubled-die obverse varieties are known for this issue, but they draw little attention from collectors.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/3/2014

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1929 5C MS
Base $ 1.20 1.35 2.25 4.50 11.75 11.75 20.00 21.00 22.00 28.00 33.50 40.00 50.00 75.00 105 315 875 27500 - - -
$ - - 22.00 24.00 31.00 36.00 44.00 55.00 85.00 135 415 2800 - -

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Total Graded: 1186
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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4/10/2006 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2006 April Atlanta, GA Online Session #403, 403/Lot# 7412 $74.75
2/12/2009 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 334, 340/Lot# 5300 $632.50
8/31/2011 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 3129, 3129/Lot# 1123 $126.50
8/2/2012 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(4), 1173/Lot# 5059 $25,850.00
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 24366 $79.90
2/3/2013 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg February 3-6, 2013 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 72/Lot# 1202 $345.00
11/3/2013 NGC MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/03/2013, 99/Lot# 146852 $215.59

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