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
Link to this coin

1913 TYPE 1 5C MS obverse 1913 TYPE 1 5C MS reverse


  
Expand All    Collapse All

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.

GRADE SUMMARY

Loading... Working...

Use the scroll bar at the bottom of this box to view a summary of the NGC Price Guide, NGC Census, Auction Prices Realized and NGC Registry Scores for each grade.

There was no data found for this Coin.

Select Designation

 
NGC PRICE GUIDE
NGC CENSUS*
AUCTION PRICES REALIZED
NGC REGISTRY
SCORE
FIND IT ON EBAY

Select Grade

*To view the Census details for this coin, please sign in or sign up.

Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/24/2017

Click on a price to see historical prices, comparison charts and trends.

1913 TYPE 1 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 12.00 13.50 15.00 18.00 23.00 30.00 32.00 34.00 36.00 40.00 43.00 48.00 55.00 80.00 160 250 1075 12750 - -
$ - - - - - - - - 65.00 95.00 175 400 1450 17500

NGC Price and Value Guides Disclaimer

Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 8630
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68


Upcoming Auctions


Auction Prices Realized

A random selection of coins is shown below.

Images
Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
3/30/2006 PCGS MS 66   Teletrade Auction 2182, 2182/Lot# 1013 $268.80
1/15/2008 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2008 January Orlando, FL (FUN) US Coin Final Session #455, 455/Lot# 7795 $74.75
6/1/2011 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2011 June Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1156/Lot# 7604 $299.00
4/22/2012 NGC MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/22/2012, 19/Lot# 46514 $73.70
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
7/27/2014 PCGS MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 814, 823/Lot# 56 $240.00
9/22/2014 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 1287 $977.50


Related Articles

From the NGC Archives: 1913 Buffalo Nickel, Type 1

1/21/2014 — The first issue of James E. Fraser's magnificent five-cent piece, the 1913-P Type 1 Nickel is among the most popular United States coins.
View full article >
Dancing with Dates, Part Two

11/18/2008 — Engravers place their own stamp on early 20th Century Buffalo and Jefferson Nickels.
View full article >
Border Incidents, Part Three

8/24/2007 — David Lange concludes his retrospective on border designs throughout American coinage.
View full article >


NGC Auction Central Disclaimer