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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12/8/1995 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 1995 Baltimore Bullet #147, 147/Lot# 118 $110.00
5/28/2006 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg May 28-31, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 36/Lot# 1657 $1,092.50
9/21/2009 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 412, 418/Lot# 7223 $483.00
2/24/2010 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The March 2010 Baltimore Online Session, 40/Lot# 5103 $115.00
8/10/2011 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Teletrade Auction 3117, 3117/Lot# 1143 $14.00
8/26/2012 PCGS MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/26/2012, 37/Lot# 65587 $484.00
6/24/2013 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 3436, 3436/Lot# 1127 $120.00
12/5/2013 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2013 December 5 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(5), 1192/Lot# 7376 $458.25
2/27/2014 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 27 - 28 & March 2 Mid-Winter ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Atlanta Session(3), 1203/Lot# 4455 $4,700.00


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