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: 10/5/2020

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1919 S 5C MS
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Base $ 15.00 40.00 75.00 130 250 375 400 440 550 625 775 900 1500 2100 10000 85000 - - - -
$ - - - - - 700 825 1150 1875 4750 35000 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 908
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: 5/18/2021 1919 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-9186117043552623579332486102118173----908
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Total-9186117043552623579332486102121174----912
 -1%2%7%19%5%6%3%3%6%10%0%3%9%11%13%2%0%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1919 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1311752272924237257649499901051120613031461188623193386608912646654598543074653580
146192249336524738826963101011031238135616032030267542878275126467648168183835756259
0000008269631010110312381356160320302675428782751264676481681800
00000088797610311154127114081744217530305188104601264687512378200
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 1206
Owner: Xan Chamberlain
 
Grade: AU 50
Points: 949
Owner: A.D.Borg
 
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