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. 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: 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: 632
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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2/5/2006 NGC MS 65   Goldberg February 5-8, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 34/Lot# 580 $920.00
10/22/2007 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 188, 194/Lot# 8114 $422.05
2/4/2008 PCGS MS 62   Teletrade Auction 2485, 2485/Lot# 1187 $168.00
1/5/2011 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(6), 1151/Lot# 9861 $862.50
9/2/2012 PCGS MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/02/2012, 38/Lot# 71278 $1,183.09
9/25/2013 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1189/Lot# 3271 $1,410.00
5/5/2014 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3480, 6029/Lot# 20082 $399.50
6/2/2014 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3484, 6033/Lot# 20070 $1,072.78
7/9/2015 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2015 July 9 - 12 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Summer FUN Session(4), 1222/Lot# 7169 $822.50


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