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: 1/17/2017

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1913 S TYPE 1 5C MS
Base $ 45.00 50.00 60.00 70.00 80.00 100.00 105 110 120 130 135 160 200 330 850 1450 6050 20000 - -
$ - - - - - - - - 225 385 950 1850 10000 -

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Total Graded: 1598
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68

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9/15/2009 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction #29094, 29094/Lot# 26657 $172.50
12/11/2011 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 3187, 3187/Lot# 1641 $172.50
1/5/2012 PCGS MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 651, 658/Lot# 8095 $1,311.00
9/30/2012 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/30/2012, 42/Lot# 76184 $157.30
2/3/2013 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg February 3-6, 2013 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 72/Lot# 1151 $834.00
4/24/2013 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(8), 1184/Lot# 7621 $305.50
10/14/2013 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 3452, 3452/Lot# 1205 $120.00
10/20/2013 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131344/Lot# 20052 $146.88
7/26/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3534, 6113/Lot# 20158 $141.00

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