Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 1,209,000
Catalog: KM-134
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: 9/1/2015

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1913 S TYPE 2 5C MS
Base $ 365 410 440 490 600 690 725 760 840 900 960 1075 1325 2000 3800 6800 30000 - - -
$ 635 - - 785 890 - - 1175 1650 2450 5200 18800 50000 -

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Total Graded: 1811
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67

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9/6/2009 PCGS XF 45   Goldberg September 6-8, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 54/Lot# 2515 $506.00
5/30/2010 PCGS XF 40   Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1250 $438.00
7/8/2010 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2010 July Orlando, FL (Summer FUN) Signature US Coin Auction #1142, 1142/Lot# 3301 $4,887.50
11/3/2010 NGC MS 60   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, 44/Lot# 1335 $632.50
11/11/2012 NGC XF 40   Teletrade Auction 3379, 3379/Lot# 1263 $517.50
7/14/2013 NGC Details G Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131330/Lot# 22867 $176.25
11/3/2013 PCGS G 4   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/03/2013, 99/Lot# 149262 $172.70
11/24/2013 PCGS MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 779, 788/Lot# 528 $1,000.00
1/29/2015 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 29 - February 1 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1217/Lot# 3580 $2,820.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1913 S TYPE 2 5C MS
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 7431
Owner: MarkPaul
Grade: MS 62
Points: 1776
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