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: 9/13/2019

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1913 S TYPE 2 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 305 360 415 430 520 580 665 730 790 885 910 1140 1350 1660 3450 4200 37000 - - -
$ - - - - 870 - - - - 1950 3850 19000 50000 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2026
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: 10/8/2019 1913 S TYPE 2 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base101411621441936474225611223746021820124666124---2026
------------------1---1
---------------221----5
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Total101411621441936474225611223746021820124868135---2032
 0 %7 %8 %7 %9 %3 %4 %1 %3 %6 %12 %0 %3 %11 %10 %12 %3 %1 %0 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
4/21/1999 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1156, 1156/Lot# 1181 $844.75
9/17/2003 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2003 September Long Beach Signature Sale #330, 330/Lot# 6120 $3,220.00
9/6/2004 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 531 $1,380.00
5/30/2010 PCGS XF 40   Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1250 $438.00
3/31/2011 NGC F 12   Stack's Bowers The March 2011 Baltimore Auction, 83/Lot# 1137 $288.65
5/30/2011 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 588, 595/Lot# 1092 $1,725.00
1/9/2013 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1181/Lot# 9140 $491.15
3/21/2014 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2014 March 21 & 23 US Coins Signature Auction - San Francisco Session(1), 1198/Lot# 10160 $1,057.50
6/29/2014 NGC F 12   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 197610 $315.00


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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