Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 3,470,000
Catalog: KM-134
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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1914 S 5C MS obverse 1914 S 5C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

Despite a lower mintage than its Denver Mint counterpart, the 1914 S nickel is more available through the lesser grades of Mint State. Only at the gem level does this issue stand out as rare.

The quality of strike for this date is all over the board. Some, like the coin illustrated, are just shy of being fully struck, while others are quite mushy or were coined from severely worn dies. Oftentimes, these worn dies also reveal "chin whiskers," the bold die clash below the Indian's chin from the Latin motto.

One repunched mintmark variety is known for 1914 S, though the initial impression is rather faint. At least one of the several 1914/3 dies was shipped to San Francisco. The S Mint overdate is not as bold as the better Philadelphia varieties, but it is sharper than the 1914/3 D. NGC certified a few of these coins when they first surfaced, but the highly variable sharpness of the overdate has prompted a discontinuance of this recognition.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/19/2016

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1914 S 5C MS
Base $ 25.00 37.00 50.00 65.00 95.00 155 170 185 215 235 255 305 415 625 2300 7050 17900 35000 - -
$ 115 - - - - - - 350 565 1250 3600 10000 - -

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Total Graded: 1559
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 68

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11/4/2016   Stack's Bowers November 2016 Baltimore, 6151/Lot# 4041

Auction Prices Realized

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5/5/1999 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 1160, 1160/Lot# 1177 $283.40
2/4/2009 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2009 February Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1122, 1122/Lot# 7842 $503.70
1/31/2010 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg January 31 - February 3, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 57/Lot# 915 $8,050.00
11/20/2011 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131148/Lot# 29022 $79.00
12/9/2012 PCGS AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 729, 738/Lot# 21 $160.00
6/2/2013 PCGS AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/02/2013, 77/Lot# 110692 $110.00
7/26/2015 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3534, 6113/Lot# 20160 $129.25
8/18/2015 NGC   Stack's Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA, 6104/Lot# 42253 $881.25
7/3/2016 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131628/Lot# 23876 $122.00

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