Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 60,868,000
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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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: 9/1/2015

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1919 5C MS
Base $ 2.30 3.50 4.50 8.00 16.00 30.00 32.00 40.00 55.00 60.00 68.00 85.00 140 210 550 1450 8600 21000 - -
$ - - - - - - 75.00 95.00 165 280 650 2150 15500 -

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Total Graded: 1170
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68

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10/18/1999 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 1224, 1224/Lot# 1134 $463.25
9/10/2006 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 1401 $1,322.50
2/2/2009 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 330, 336/Lot# 300 $149.50
10/23/2011 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131144/Lot# 21157 $3,450.00
7/12/2012 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1172/Lot# 7718 $195.50
7/28/2013 NGC MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/28/2013, 85/Lot# 130221 $82.50
1/12/2014 NGC MS 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/12/2014, 180/Lot# 162783 $798.60
6/28/2015 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3533, 6112/Lot# 20314 $152.75

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