Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 1,505,000
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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1915 S 5C MS obverse 1915 S 5C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

This issue is scarce to rare across all grades, with most survivors being quite heavily worn. There were very few persons collecting current coins by date and mint in 1915. Such activity did not become popular until 20 years later, by which time many 1915 S nickels had already been rendered dateless.

The quality of Mint State pieces is highly variable, with a number of extremely sharp examples known. Most, however, are a bit weak in places or were coined from badly worn and furrowed dies.

Two triple-punched mintmark varieties exist for this date, though the degree of separation between impressions is so slight as to make the variety hard to discern on worn coins.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/30/2019

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1915 S 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 50.00 73.00 100.00 195 400 450 525 575 610 675 710 820 1150 1900 3400 4600 37500 - - -
$ - - - - 625 - - - 1200 2100 3600 14500 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 946
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66

The chart showing 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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1915 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-4073821212236715456921768821855725----946
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----------------23----5
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Total-4073821212236715456921768821855928----951
 -4 %8 %9 %13 %2 %4 %1 %2 %5 %7 %0 %2 %7 %9 %19 %6 %3 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
5/8/2006 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 86, 91/Lot# 203 $425.50
2/11/2007 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 1180 $1,620.00
7/29/2012 PCGS G 4   Teletrade Auction 3319, 3319/Lot# 1294 $27.00
6/5/2013 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2013 June 5 - 9 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(6), 1186/Lot# 7491 $705.00
7/11/2013 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2013 July 11 - 14 US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1187/Lot# 3965 $3,818.75
7/6/2014 NGC VG 8   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 202423 $55.00
7/20/2014 NGC VG 8   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/20/2014, 197/Lot# 202423 $60.50
2/5/2015 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers 2015 Americana Auction, 6070/Lot# 1355 $1,997.50
3/6/2015 PCGS AU 55   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3524, 6093/Lot# 21037 $446.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1915 5C MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base63201272381586949100511591193122613031363142115581776212432383639884972101770929929
109225308449707968105611701204125213231382146716311892249533725376884910710217820
00000010561170120412521323138214671631189224953372537688491071000
00000011081182121512771343140215121703200828673505711288491420900
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 1421
Owner: BankNote1
 
Grade: VF 25
Points: 586
Owner: TheoGS
 
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