Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,520
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 PF obverse 1913 TYPE 1 5C PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

In his book The Complete Guide to Buffalo Nickels, David W. Lange observed of this issue, "If someone has not had the opportunity to examine Type 1 proofs, these may easily be confused with very well struck currency pieces." Indeed, distinguishing the two is not dependent on strike alone. The proofs have an extremely fine crystalline or satin finish that is quite different from conventional mint luster, but this quality may be obscured on pieces that have been harshly cleaned.

Collectors of the time noted the minimal differences unfavorably, yet this issue still enjoyed respectable sales for the novelty of its design. They've suffered an unusually high attrition rate, and it's possible that many were later spent intentionally or accidentally. Gems are quite elusive and are also in much demand as the only Type 1 issue.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/17/2017

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1913 TYPE 1 5C PF
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
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$ - - - - - - - - - - - 5250 13750 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 301
Low Grade: 62
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 68


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Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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10/27/1997 NGC PF 66   Teletrade Auction 0992, 992/Lot# 1182 $1,944.00
2/22/2001 PCGS PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2001 February Long Beach Signature Sale #248, 248/Lot# 5632 $2,070.00
6/27/2005 NGC PF 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 492 $1,265.00
9/4/2011 PCGS PF 65   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 865 $2,645.00
1/3/2012 PCGS PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(6), 1166/Lot# 5343 $4,168.75
7/12/2012 NGC PF 68   Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(2), 1172/Lot# 3997 $17,250.00
8/8/2014 PCGS PF 65   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 3226 $3,290.00
1/7/2015 PCGS PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1216/Lot# 3668 $3,760.00
1/6/2016 NGC PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2016 January 6 - 11 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Tampa Session(3), 1231/Lot# 4858 $3,760.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1913 TYPE 1 5C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base22729537246657770978786091595110021450155817301949269932163783551582001004326770
2503214035036217358118789279681151148616151803219928713405436064108814156190
000000811878927968115114861615180321992871340543606410881400
000000836897939985130115221673187624493044359449387305942900
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Grade: PF 67
Points: 6410
Owner: Leonard Raines
 
Grade: PF 66
Points: 3783
Owner: BillJones
 
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