Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 32,086,314
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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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.

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: 1/17/2017

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1918 5C MS
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Base $ 6.50 7.50 10.00 19.00 33.00 50.00 60.00 65.00 95.00 115 175 235 335 525 1425 2750 19500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 250 360 600 1900 3900 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 637
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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11/16/2008 PCGS AU 58   Teletrade Auction 2612, 2612/Lot# 1231 $115.00
6/10/2012 PCGS Genuine XF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/10/2012, 26/Lot# 54609 $14.05
2/3/2013 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg February 3-6, 2013 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 72/Lot# 1173 $1,438.00
8/11/2013 PCGS MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 764, 773/Lot# 560 $475.00
4/21/2014 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3478, 6027/Lot# 20042 $393.63
5/19/2014 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3482, 6031/Lot# 20087 $1,072.78
12/7/2014 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131450/Lot# 25858 $270.25
8/12/2015 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2015 August 12 - 16 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1223/Lot# 3520 $3,055.00
1/4/2017 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2017 January 4 - 9 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Session(1), 1251/Lot# 3594 $1,762.50


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