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: 1/17/2017

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1914 S 5C MS
Base $ 28.00 35.00 47.00 70.00 100.00 145 160 170 190 225 245 310 425 735 2200 7150 18250 35000 - -
$ - - - - 200 - - - - 860 3050 9000 - -

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Total Graded: 1571
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 68

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Auction Prices Realized

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5/25/2008 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 3847 $2,012.50
7/6/2008 PCGS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 2553, 2553/Lot# 1127 $134.40
12/4/2008 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2008 December Houston, TX Signature Coin Auction #1118, 1118/Lot# 7419 $299.00
9/9/2009 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Heritage Auctions "2009 September Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction Session(4)", 1129/Lot# 7515 $126.50
2/15/2010 NGC MS 67   Stack's Bowers The March 2010 Baltimore Auction, 33/Lot# 498 $23,000.00
8/2/2012 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(5), 1173/Lot# 7538 $141.00
1/20/2013 PCGS XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 735, 744/Lot# 1039 $110.00
6/2/2013 PCGS AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/02/2013, 77/Lot# 110692 $110.00
5/29/2016 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131623/Lot# 21340 $540.50

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