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, 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: 4/24/2017

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1914 S 5C MS
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Base $ 28.00 35.00 47.00 70.00 100.00 145 160 170 190 225 245 310 425 735 2200 7150 18250 35000 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1612
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 68


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11/1/1996 NGC MS 68   Heritage Auctions 1996 Annual Silver Dollar Bullet Sale #158, 158/Lot# 108 $11,000.00
12/11/2005 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 2129, 2129/Lot# 1128 $380.80
3/31/2011 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers The March 2011 Baltimore Auction, 83/Lot# 1142 $1,495.00
2/3/2013 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg February 3-6, 2013 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 72/Lot# 1160 $4,255.00
7/11/2013 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2013 July 11 - 14 US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1187/Lot# 3963 $1,527.50
2/23/2014 NGC Details UNC Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/23/2014, 182/Lot# 147075 $148.50
7/27/2014 NGC VG 8   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 814, 823/Lot# 58 $40.00
7/24/2016 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131631/Lot# 21093 $1,527.50


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