Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 79,480,000
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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1937 5C MS obverse 1937 5C MS reverse

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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

Though of lesser mintage than the 1936(P) issue, this date is actually more common in top grades. Sharp strikes and blazing luster typify many of the survivors, and this issue shares the spotlight with 1938 D as one of the most popular issues for type collectors. The coin illustrated has a decent strike, but better ones are available.

Single doubled-die varieties are known for obverse and reverse, the latter being more easily discerned. With such a huge mintage requiring hundreds of dies, it's surprising that no others have surfaced.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/21/2015

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1937 5C MS
Base $ 1.10 1.15 1.50 2.00 3.50 9.00 9.50 11.00 12.50 21.50 25.00 40.00 44.00 60.00 80.00 460 15000 - -
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Total Graded: 7746
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 68

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6/12/1996 PCGS MS 66   Teletrade Auction 0849, 849/Lot# 1182 $39.24
9/15/2003 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg September 15-17, 2003 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 21/Lot# 201 $103.50
2/28/2008 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 226, 232/Lot# 5259 $92.00
3/8/2012 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2012 March 8-9 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(3), 1168/Lot# 9293 $417.45
7/15/2012 NGC MS 67   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/15/2012, 31/Lot# 63138 $345.40
7/8/2012 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131229/Lot# 24729 $53.00
5/31/2015 PCGS MS 63   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3532, 6101/Lot# 20263 $23.50
8/9/2015 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131533/Lot# 25123 $69.00

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