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
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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
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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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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1162
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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Price
3/21/1998 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 1998 Mid-Winter ANA Signature Sale #184, 184/Lot# 5608 $1,092.50
5/8/2006 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 86, 91/Lot# 226 $115.00
5/27/2007 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 997 $1,207.50
5/3/2009 PCGS MS 66   Teletrade Auction 2687, 2687/Lot# 1402 $920.00
12/23/2012 NGC MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/23/2012, 54/Lot# 70638 $192.50
2/3/2013 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131307/Lot# 26678 $88.00
11/10/2013 PCGS Genuine VF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/10/2013, 100/Lot# 150908 $7.00
5/25/2014 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3483, 6032/Lot# 22143 $52.88


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