Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 32,086,314
Catalog: KM-134
Obverse Designer: James Earle Fraser
Reverse Designer: James Earle Fraser
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5.0000g
Diameter: 21.2mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1918 5C MS obverse 1918 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

1918 Philadelphia Mint nickels are fairly plentiful, but not to the extent of other P-Mints nickels from the late 1910s. It's a mystery why the mintage of this issue fell from 1917's figure, when all other denominations were coined in greater numbers.

There are plenty of Mint State coins to meet the needs of average collectors, though gems are very elusive. It's exceedingly rare to find a fully struck 1918(P) nickel, as nearly all are weak at their centers. The coin shown is about as sharp as this issue is found.

A nice doubled-die reverse variety is found with this date, though it's not as pronounced as the DDR for 1917(P).

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/1/2015

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1918 5C MS
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Base $ 6.50 7.00 9.00 19.00 33.00 50.00 60.00 65.00 95.00 120 175 245 345 575 1350 3600 16500 - - -
$ 37.00 - - - - - - 275 375 815 1900 5400 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 627
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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2/6/2008 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 2486, 2486/Lot# 1093 $235.20
6/2/2010 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2010 June Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1140, 1140/Lot# 398 $14,950.00
11/1/2010 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 528, 535/Lot# 197 $241.50
1/5/2011 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(2), 1151/Lot# 4419 $920.00
11/3/2013 PCGS VG 8   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/03/2013, 99/Lot# 149061 $220.00
5/5/2014 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3480, 6029/Lot# 20083 $434.75
9/22/2014 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 1324 $2,128.00
12/3/2015 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2015 December 3 - 6 Houston Money Show US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(3), 1227/Lot# 4149 $3,055.00


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