Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 2,105,000
Catalog: KM-133
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: 9/1/2015

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1913 S TYPE 1 5C MS
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Base $ 42.00 48.00 58.00 70.00 80.00 100.00 105 110 120 125 130 150 190 325 800 1550 6600 36500 - -
$ 85.00 - - - - - - 175 225 440 1050 2350 10500 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1570
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68


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8/14/2016 MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2016 August 10 - 14 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Anaheim Session(6), 1238/Lot# 7352


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11/22/1999 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1239, 1239/Lot# 1130 $185.30
9/15/2003 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg September 15-17, 2003 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 21/Lot# 181 $1,725.00
1/10/2010 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction #210013, 210013/Lot# 24036 $575.00
4/27/2011 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2011 April Rosemont CSNS Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(1), 1154/Lot# 3134 $1,150.00
3/21/2013 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 March 21 -22 & 24 US Coin Signature Auction - Dallas Session(4), 1183/Lot# 7378 $587.50
8/30/2013 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 4309 $822.50
3/2/2014 PCGS MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 793, 802/Lot# 1056 $150.00
9/7/2014 NGC AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/07/2014, 191/Lot# 200698 $85.00
7/3/2016 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131628/Lot# 23117 $129.25


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