Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 5,635,000
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 S 5C MS obverse 1937 S 5C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

This is almost certainly the finest S-Mint Buffalo Nickel in terms of overall luster, surfaces and strike. It is also seemingly the most common in terms of surviving Mint State pieces, as this date was still being issued by banks a year or two later and was thus squirreled away by collectors and speculators.

Repunched mintmark varieties are numerous for 1937 S nickels, though they are more subtle than those of the previous two years and have attracted only limited interest.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/3/2014

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1937 S 5C MS
Base $ 1.10 1.15 1.50 2.25 4.00 9.50 10.00 12.50 17.00 32.00 34.00 38.00 42.00 65.00 95.00 1025 14500 - -
$ - - - - - 34.00 36.00 40.00 44.00 70.00 235 8825 33000

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Total Graded: 3466
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 68

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8/9/2000 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #20082, 20082/Lot# 2079 $91.00
8/26/2003 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #23091, 23091/Lot# 11289 $94.30
2/6/2006 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 73, 78/Lot# 217 $89.70
9/10/2006 PCGS MS 67   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 1452 $747.50
5/9/2010 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 2850, 2850/Lot# 1602 $47.00
7/13/2014 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131429/Lot# 26343 $61.00
10/12/2014 NGC MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 225663 $41.00
10/10/2014 NGC MS 66   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 14615 $1,292.50

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