Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 30,992,000
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 TYPE 1 5C MS obverse 1913 TYPE 1 5C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

James Earle Fraser's new nickel debuted in late winter of 1913 amid much fanfare. Most Americans found favor with the design, and huge numbers of these coins were saved as souvenirs. This hoarding only increased when the reverse was modified a few months later. As in 1883, rumors spread that the original issue would be recalled which, of course, was not the case.

As a result of such widespread hoarding, Type 1 nickels of the Philadelphia Mint are extremely common across all but the highest grades. The vast majority of Mint State survivors show the effects of die erosion to some degree, and many also show obvious die clashing, which was quite prevalent with this coin type.

A number of very minor doubled-die obverse and reverse varieties are known for this issue, but these are of little interest. A so-called 3-1/2 legged die state is known, as well, but this is not a true variety and is not recognized by NGC.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/13/2019

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1913 TYPE 1 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 10.00 12.00 14.00 18.00 20.00 28.00 30.00 32.00 34.00 40.00 42.00 45.00 50.00 75.00 155 230 845 10500 - -
$ - - - - - - - - 60.00 95.00 170 400 1850 19000

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 9166
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68

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, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/19/2019 1913 TYPE 1 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base542923201212256125526550392927222730144032720--9166
-------------2-5513533--81
---------------6633242--71
-----------------111--3
Total542923201212256125526550592927332741148740526--9321
 0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %1 %3 %0 %1 %5 %10 %29 %29 %16 %4 %0 %-- 

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9/15/2003 PCGS MS 67   Goldberg September 15-17, 2003 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 21/Lot# 179 $1,207.50
12/11/2005 PCGS MS 66   Teletrade Auction 2129, 2129/Lot# 1116 $257.60
5/4/2008 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Coin Auction #68052, 68052/Lot# 62129 $45.00
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9/7/2014 PCGS   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/07/2014, 191/Lot# 218114 $8.00
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12/28/2014 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 836, 845/Lot# 663 $120.00
6/4/2015 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2015 June 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1221/Lot# 3818 $4,582.50


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