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: 5/20/2015

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1929 5C MS
Base $ 1.20 1.35 2.25 4.50 11.75 20.00 21.00 22.00 28.00 40.00 50.00 75.00 115 340 875 27500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 85.00 135 430 2300 - -

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Total Graded: 1203
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

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9/17/2002 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #22094, 22094/Lot# 17145 $235.75
2/11/2007 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 1233 $149.50
1/4/2009 PCGS MS 66   Teletrade Auction 2635, 2635/Lot# 1161 $805.00
2/4/2009 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 2649, 2649/Lot# 1170 $138.00
11/9/2010 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Online Session, 69/Lot# 10445 $77.05
8/2/2012 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(5), 1173/Lot# 7598 $675.63
4/28/2013 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 749, 758/Lot# 781 $602.00
1/5/2014 PCGS Genuine UNC   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/05/2014, 176/Lot# 160381 $24.00

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