Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 35,715,000
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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1923 5C MS obverse 1923 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

By the summer of 1923 economic activity had picked up enough that additional nickels were needed for circulation. By year's end the Philadelphia Mint produced a substantial quantity, and this issue is common across most grades. Gems are only a bit elusive, and most display decent strikes and bright luster.

A couple of minor doubled-die obverse varieties are noted in the book by John Wexler, Ron Pope and Kevin Flynn, but these are of interest only to variety specialists.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/17/2017

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1923 5C MS
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Base $ 2.50 3.50 5.50 8.00 16.00 35.00 40.00 45.00 50.00 60.00 70.00 125 175 215 560 1300 8100 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 190 270 675 1900 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 981
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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11/28/2011 PCGS MS 62   Teletrade Auction 3180, 3180/Lot# 1257 $126.50
3/8/2012 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2012 March 8-9 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1168/Lot# 3190 $1,265.00
2/3/2013 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg February 3-6, 2013 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 72/Lot# 1184 $690.00
4/20/2014 PCGS MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/20/2014, 186/Lot# 188625 $506.00
8/3/2014 PCGS MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 815, 824/Lot# 563 $1,275.00
1/9/2015 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3516, 6085/Lot# 20020 $399.50
6/4/2015 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2015 June 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1221/Lot# 7291 $1,645.00
1/4/2017 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2017 January 4 - 9 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Session(7), 1251/Lot# 8885 $1,116.25


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