Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 4,882,000
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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1918 S 5C MS obverse 1918 S 5C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The 1918 S nickel had a rather modest mintage at a time when most production figures were quite high. Despite the hoarding of worn S-Mint coins from circulation that typified the coin hobby from the 1930s through the 1950s, this issue remains fairly scarce across all grades.

Mint State pieces do survive, but their quality is usually quite disappointing. Very weak strikes, whether from fresh or worn dies, are the norm. It appears that the San Francisco Mint increased the set distance between the dies to extend their useful life, so this issue never really had a chance.

The coin illustrated is typical of many Buffalo Nickels in that it reveals a mis-matched die pair. The obverse die is clearly quite worn, yet the reverse die was fresh, probably a replacement for one that became unusable through severe clashing or breaking. Such contradictions between obverse and reverse just add to the difficulty of grading Buffalo Nickels, particularly those in the higher circulated grades.

Gems of this date are exceedingly rare, while most Mint State coins will have less than satisfying luster.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/5/2020

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1918 S 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 20.00 45.00 75.00 145 250 335 375 485 750 875 750 1350 2250 3725 12500 45000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 1650 - 5750 22500 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 744
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66

The chart showing PrAg series, 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: 5/18/2021 1918 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base1241936953332121942525296764197161----744
---------------1------1
-------------1-6------7
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Total1241936953332121942525296864204161----752
 0%3%3%5%13%4%4%2%3%6%7%1%4%9%9%27%2%0%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1918 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base638511522040964274584790010811138130315051969283436756820102267431110473724765244
709515028348767677986596011001193137016602257311447237955102268636197804657968506
000000779865960110011931370166022573114472379551022686361978000
0000008138821021111912481438181425463395577290911022698422851400
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 1138
Owner: Fullhorn
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 1138
Owner: Xan Chamberlain
 
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