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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/17/2017

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1919 S 5C MS
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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Total Graded: 816
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66

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11/7/2003 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2003 November Signature Sale #334, 334/Lot# 5821 $1,840.00
2/16/2005 NGC XF 40   Teletrade Auction 2002, 2002/Lot# 1110 $198.00
1/1/2007 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 120, 125/Lot# 4023 $9,487.50
9/23/2007 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 2538 $3,565.00
2/3/2013 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg February 3-6, 2013 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 72/Lot# 1178 $16,675.00
2/16/2014 PCGS F 12   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/16/2014, 174/Lot# 169690 $35.00
11/9/2014 NGC VF 25   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131446/Lot# 25132 $69.00
11/6/2015 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers November 2015 Baltimore, 6110/Lot# 22133 $2,585.00

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