Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 30,992,000
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 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: 9/1/2015

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1913 TYPE 1 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 11.50 13.50 15.00 17.50 23.00 29.00 30.00 32.00 33.00 35.00 40.00 45.00 53.00 75.00 175 300 1100 14500 - -
$ 25.00 - - - - - - - 60.00 93.00 190 485 4750 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 8098
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68


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3/19/2005 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions Continuous Internet Auction #65034, 65034/Lot# 23124 $115.00
3/20/2005 PCGS MS 66   Teletrade Auction 2015, 2015/Lot# 1081 $187.00
5/29/2006 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 89, 94/Lot# 275 $138.00
7/31/2009 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2009 August Los Angeles, CA US Coin Auction #1128, 1128/Lot# 7401 $546.25
1/29/2012 NGC MS 66   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 2395 $2,990.00
5/30/2012 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2012 May 30- June 3 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(1), 1171/Lot# 3350 $805.00
9/30/2012 PCGS MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/30/2012, 42/Lot# 76183 $51.00
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 67   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1206 $920.00


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