Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 7,521,000
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 S 5C MS obverse 1919 S 5C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

This issue was widely hoarded by collectors in low grades during the 1930s-50s, yet by then a good percentage of the mintage was already dateless and thus lost. Pieces grading F 12 and higher are scarce and highly sought.

Mint State examples are scarce but not truly rare. Most, however, are of very poor quality as made. Weak strikes from worn dies are the norm.

Gems are exceedingly rare for this date, and none will be fully struck to the extent of early dates in this series. The master hubs for both obverse and reverse lost some detail from repeated use, and this led to a gradual erosion of fine detail that is most evident when viewing the proofs of 1936-37.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 3/6/2020

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1919 S 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 15.00 37.00 75.00 145 275 325 345 440 615 650 760 880 1250 2125 12500 105000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 4500 38500 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 898
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66

The chart showing 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: 7/7/2020 1919 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-8176016741502523569132486103124173----898
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---------------2-1----3
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Total-8176016741502523569132486103126174----901
 -1%2%7%19%5%6%3%3%6%10%0%3%10%11%14%2%0%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1919 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1311752272924237257649499901051120613031461188623193386608912646654598543074653580
14619224933652473882696310101103123813561603203026754287827512646764816818383570
0000008269631010110312381356160320302675428782751264676481681800
00000088797610311154127114081744217530305188104601264687512378200
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 1206
Owner: Xan Chamberlain
 
Grade: AU 50
Points: 949
Owner: sbonnot
 
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