Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 2,105,000
Obverse Designer: James Earle Fraser
Reverse Designer: James Earle Fraser
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5.0000g
Diameter: 21.2mm
Edge: Plain
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1913 S TYPE 1 5C MS obverse 1913 S TYPE 1 5C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

With its low mintage, the 1913 S Type 1 nickel would be very rare today in Mint State were it not for the general hoarding that accompanies all first-year coins. Even so, the smaller population of the western states limited the number saved, and this is the scarcest of the three mints across all grades.

Gems of this coin are especially scarce, as the San Francisco Mint seemed to have a great deal of difficulty in striking this type fully. Many Mint State survivors are, like the example shown, quite poorly struck. Also commonly seen are "chin whiskers," a bold die clash of E PLURIBUS UNUM which looks like rough hair below the Indian's chin. At the same time, an impression of the chin on the reverse makes these minute letters nearly impossible to read.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/13/2019

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1913 S TYPE 1 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 50.00 55.00 65.00 75.00 80.00 100.00 105 110 130 140 145 165 220 375 875 1600 7700 18200 - -
$ - - - - - - - - 225 410 950 2600 15000 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1729
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 68

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1913 S TYPE 1 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base222181659163413265314613222427649122359162--1729
---------------1--1---2
---------------4446---18
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Total222181659163413265314613222427649622763232--1749
 0 %1 %1 %1 %3 %1 %2 %1 %1 %3 %8 %0 %2 %13 %16 %28 %13 %4 %1 %0 %-- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
5/19/1997 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 0946, 946/Lot# 1141 $463.25
1/4/2001 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2001 F.U.N. Signature Sale #244, 244/Lot# 6589 $437.00
1/16/2012 PCGS MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 654, 661/Lot# 82 $649.75
6/22/2014 NGC   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/22/2014, 200/Lot# 202401 $31.00
9/22/2014 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 1289 $1,265.00
11/9/2014 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131446/Lot# 26035 $101.05
3/6/2015 PCGS MS 63   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3524, 6093/Lot# 21035 $129.25
2/22/2018 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2018 February 22 - 26 LB Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1272/Lot# 3306 $1,140.00
3/27/2018 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131814/Lot# 21210 $132.00


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