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: 9/28/2020

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1915 S 5C MS
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Base $ 50.00 70.00 100.00 185 400 450 525 575 600 675 750 900 1125 1815 2950 4000 37500 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 980
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67

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, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/17/2020 1915 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-44788612725407154870218728218356261---980
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Total-44788612725407154870218728218358282---985
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1915 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base63201272381586949100511591193122613031363142115581776212432383639884972101770929929
1092253084497079681056117012041252132313821467163118922495337253768849107102178231425
00000010561170120412521323138214671631189224953372537688491071000
00000011081182121512771343140215121703200828673505711288491420900
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 1303
Owner: Steve's Excellent Collections
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 1303
Owner: Xan Chamberlain
 
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