Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 3,470,000
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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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 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: 6/14/2019

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1914 S 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 38.00 48.00 60.00 76.00 110 155 170 175 190 225 245 310 390 715 2000 6900 19250 35000 - -
$ - - - - 200 - - - - 860 3400 12750 20500 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1690
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 60
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: 8/20/2019 1914 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base4344533723432213395209254253295399531921--1690
---------------1311---6
---------------1211---5
---------------1------1
Total4344533723432213395209254253295402582141--1702
 0 %2 %3 %2 %4 %2 %2 %1 %2 %6 %12 %0 %3 %15 %17 %24 %3 %1 %0 %0 %-- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
5/27/1996 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 0844, 844/Lot# 1183 $250.70
9/6/2004 NGC MS 63   Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 537 $334.00
11/3/2008 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 297, 303/Lot# 337 $460.00
3/31/2011 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers The March 2011 Baltimore Auction, 83/Lot# 1142 $1,495.00
8/2/2012 NGC Details UNC Details  Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(5), 1173/Lot# 7539 $141.00
12/5/2013 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 December 5 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(5), 1192/Lot# 7365 $411.25
10/12/2014 NGC MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 222722 $372.00
11/30/2014 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131449/Lot# 23582 $103.40


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