Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 60,868,000
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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1919 5C MS obverse 1919 5C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The mintage of this issue was enormous, though its record would be broken the following year. The booming wartime economy, combined with the imposition of temporary taxes during those years, greatly boosted the neee for small value coins.

1919(P) nickels are plentiful across all grades through MS 65. It is very rare to find one fully struck, and even the nicer ones have an overall slight softness that suggests the dies were set further apart than ideal for the sake of extending their utility. Another possibility is that the dies themselves were not hubbed properly and never had complete definition from the outset.

Starting with this year, all Buffalo Nickels have their dates rendered in slightly thicker and much more deeply cut numerals. By 1919 it was already evident that millions of these coins were destined to become dateless, so the Mint took remedial action that helped only slightly. The correct response would have been that taken with the quarter dollar in 1925---recessing the date within an exergue---but this was never done.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/17/2017

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1919 5C MS
Base $ 2.50 4.00 6.00 10.00 20.00 35.00 40.00 45.00 57.00 63.00 75.00 95.00 140 240 575 1400 7500 22500 - -
$ - - - - - - - - 160 275 675 1850 16500 -

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Total Graded: 1177
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68

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9/9/1998 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1084, 1084/Lot# 1191 $119.90
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 67   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 3058 $8,225.00
5/12/2013 NGC MS 67   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 751, 760/Lot# 556 $3,500.00
9/15/2013 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131339/Lot# 20057 $98.70
9/29/2013 NGC MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/29/2013, 94/Lot# 140866 $349.52
1/26/2014 NGC MS 62   Goldberg January 26-28, 2014 January Pre-Long Beach Sale 17.5% BP, 78/Lot# 1026 $2,703.00
8/10/2016 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2016 August 10 - 14 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Anaheim Session(1), 1238/Lot# 3468 $1,880.00
8/14/2016 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131634/Lot# 27515 $423.00

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