Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 20,213,003
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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1934 5C MS obverse 1934 5C MS reverse

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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

It was not until well into 1934 that the demand for additional pieces finally prompted the first coinage of nickels at Philadelphia since 1930. By this time the practice of setting aside fresh rolls of each coin issue was becoming a familiar ritual for many collectors, and this issue is plentiful in Mint State.

Most such coins are less than fully struck, with the center of the Indian portrait and the highest point of the bison's coat almost always being incomplete.

Doubled-die varieties are known for both obverse and reverse, but these are too minor to be of interest to general collectors.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/10/2015

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1934 5C MS
Base $ 1.20 1.35 2.25 4.25 10.50 18.50 22.00 23.00 28.00 50.00 55.00 63.00 115 280 750 5400 - - -
$ - - - - 33.00 - - 70.00 135 400 1450 8500 -

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Total Graded: 1118
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

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7/21/1997 NGC MS 66   Teletrade Auction 0964, 964/Lot# 1169 $348.80
2/24/1999 PCGS MS 66   Teletrade Auction 1136, 1136/Lot# 1183 $463.25
9/23/2007 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 1221 $115.00
3/16/2008 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Coin Auction #68034, 68034/Lot# 64172 $103.50
11/3/2010 NGC MS 66   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, 44/Lot# 1394 $460.00
1/26/2014 PCGS MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 788, 797/Lot# 850 $200.00
10/12/2014 NGC MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 225080 $195.00

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