Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 1,209,000
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 2 5C MS obverse 1913 S TYPE 2 5C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

This is among the rarest of the date/mint combinations in the Indian Head/Buffalo series. It has the third smallest mintage, only slightly higher than that of the 1931 S nickel, but that's where the comparison ends. The latter date was not released immediately, its low mintage was known beforehand, and vast numbers were preserved in Mint State. In contrast, the 1913 S Type 2 nickel was released quickly and at a time when very few persons were collecting current issues by date and mint. Hoarding activity was centered around the Type 1 nickels, and this second emission was largely overlooked. Finally, the shallow dates of 1913 nickels meant that any coins entering circulation would be dateless within 15-20 years.

The certified population of 1913 S Type 2 nickels gives a false impression of actual availability, as the value of these coins prompts a far greater rate of submission for grading. Gems are truly rare, and this coin is often found quite weakly struck, though the problem is certainly not as great as it is for the 1913 S Type 1 nickel.

A nice repunched mintmark variety is known. The first impression was east of the final one, both letters S being quite distinct.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/15/2019

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1913 S TYPE 2 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 305 360 415 430 520 625 725 765 860 885 910 1120 1310 1620 3300 4750 37000 - - -
$ - - - - 870 - - - - 1950 3850 19000 50000 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1996
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 67

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 7/16/2019 1913 S TYPE 2 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base91351581441896473225411023545921320224565123---1996
------------------1---1
---------------221----5
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Total91351581441896473225411023545921320224767134---2002
 0 %7 %8 %7 %9 %3 %4 %1 %3 %5 %12 %0 %3 %11 %10 %12 %3 %1 %0 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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6/19/2005 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 2054, 2054/Lot# 1083 $1,540.00
3/16/2009 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 348, 354/Lot# 176 $701.50
5/30/2010 PCGS XF 40   Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1250 $438.00
9/4/2011 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 868 $805.00
5/30/2012 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 2422 $2,012.50
9/6/2012 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2012 September 6-9 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(4), 1174/Lot# 7609 $440.63
6/16/2013 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/16/2013, 79/Lot# 97480 $1,100.00
8/11/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA, 6104/Lot# 227 $2,585.00
11/2/2017 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2017 November 2 - 4 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(5), 1261/Lot# 19355 $690.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1913 S 5C MS TYPE 2
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1639331005105111241271131513811421146115471609166817761989240136754499743169511926433319
4209571020107511731286133713941434149015681629170418472126282639505476743111055239490
00000013371394143414901568162917041847212628263950547674311105500
00000013591408144815181588164817401918226432504224645474311516000
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 7431
Owner: MarkPaul
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 1547
Owner: JD Roselle Park
 
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