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.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/27/2019

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1923 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 2.75 3.50 5.00 9.50 20.00 37.00 38.00 45.00 50.00 60.00 70.00 120 150 200 460 880 5900 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 180 260 675 1900 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1051
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68

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, 67 series, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1923 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-134958131978-111161883721744991--1051
---------------1-12---4
--------------11-12---5
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Total-134958131978-1111618937417451131--1060
 -0 %0 %0 %1 %0 %1 %0 %0 %2 %7 %-1 %11 %18 %35 %16 %5 %1 %0 %-- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
5/25/2002 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #22121, 22121/Lot# 11145 $450.80
9/13/2006 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2006 September Long Beach, CA Signature Auction #416, 416/Lot# 1040 $1,035.00
4/9/2007 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 134, 139/Lot# 115 $149.50
1/30/2011 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 3004, 3004/Lot# 1420 $184.00
8/26/2012 PCGS MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/26/2012, 37/Lot# 65587 $484.00
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 24354 $152.75
2/3/2013 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg February 3-6, 2013 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 72/Lot# 1228 $546.00


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