Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 7,521,000
Catalog: KM-134
Obverse Designer: James Earle Fraser
Reverse Designer: James Earle Fraser
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5.0000g
Diameter: 21.2mm
Edge: Plain
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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. The example illustrated was coined from badly clashed dies. Its obverse was then ground down to remove the resulting "chin whiskers," and this has left the Indian almost neckless.

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: 9/1/2015

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1919 S 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 9.50 20.00 53.00 120 250 375 400 440 550 650 825 1225 1950 3800 15000 115000 - - - -
$ 270 - - - - - 925 1550 2800 4550 35250 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 804
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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2/27/2003 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2003 February Long Beach Signature Sale #314, 314/Lot# 5938 $4,600.00
2/10/2008 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 1945 $3,910.00
1/3/2012 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(1), 1166/Lot# 3090 $10,062.50
12/23/2012 PCGS VF 20   Teletrade Auction 3403, 3403/Lot# 1443 $70.00
1/1/2013 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers The January 2013 Americana Sale, 180/Lot# 13140 $89,300.00
1/6/2013 PCGS Genuine XF   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131303/Lot# 28079 $129.25
4/21/2013 PCGS F 15   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/21/2013, 71/Lot# 97855 $60.50
5/11/2014 PCGS VF 35   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/11/2014, 179/Lot# 182941 $137.50
9/14/2014 PCGS MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 821, 830/Lot# 10306 $1,000.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1919 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1311752272924237257649499901051120613031461188623193386608912646654598543074653580
14619224933652473882696310101103123813561603203026754287827512646764816818383570
0000008269631010110312381356160320302675428782751264676481681800
00000088797610311154127114081744217530305188104601264687512378200
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 1051
Owner: ad4400
 
Grade: VF 20
Points: 423
Owner: woodymailman
 
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