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. 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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Last Updated: 1/17/2017

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1919 S 5C MS
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Base $ 17.00 38.00 75.00 130 250 375 400 440 550 625 875 975 1600 3150 13000 105000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 4600 38500 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 836
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66


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1/25/2004 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 1682 $1,265.00
7/18/2010 PCGS VF 20   Teletrade Auction 2890, 2890/Lot# 1509 $69.00
2/3/2011 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2011 February Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1152/Lot# 7676 $373.75
9/9/2012 PCGS VF 20   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131238/Lot# 22072 $69.00
4/21/2013 PCGS F 15   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/21/2013, 71/Lot# 97855 $60.50
12/1/2013 PCGS MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 780, 789/Lot# 75 $3,300.00
8/8/2014 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 3231 $2,585.00
12/3/2015 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2015 December 3 - 6 Houston Money Show US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(3), 1227/Lot# 4151 $2,585.00


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