Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 6,142,000
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 S 5C MS obverse 1923 S 5C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

By the latter part of 1923 the existing supply of nickels in storage from earlier years had finally been distributed, and demand for new pieces existed once again. The six million coined at San Francisco in 1923 were not enough to prevent this issue from becoming slightly scarce in Mint State and in the higher circulated grades.

Most Mint State survivors are less than fully struck, though a very small number of exceptional pieces are known. More common is coins having a decent obverse strike and a mushy reverse that resulted from leftover dies of earlier years.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/5/2020

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1923 S 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 10.00 15.00 45.00 125 265 305 350 400 500 575 600 645 950 1500 6000 27500 - - - -
$ - - - - - 585 615 700 1150 2450 18000 40000 - -

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Disclaimer: The prices listed in the various NGC Price and Value Guides are compiled from a number of independent, third party sources in the numismatic community which NGC believes to be reliable. Prices provided are averages, not specific prices for individual coins. Further, because these prices are only updated from time to time, they do not reflect short term pricing trends, which are quite common and are often quite dramatic, given the volatile nature of the collectible coin marketplace. This is especially true for rare coins, where there are fewer sales and greater variations in sale prices. For all of these reasons, the prices in these guides are designed to serve merely as one of many measures and factors that coin buyers and sellers can use in determining coin values. These prices are not intended, and should not be relied upon, to replace the due diligence and — when appropriate — expert consultation that coin buyers and sellers should undertake when entering into a coin transaction. As such, NGC disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information contained in the NGC Guides. By using the NGC Guides, the user agrees that neither NGC nor any of its affiliates, shareholders, officers, employees or agents shall have any liability for any loss or damage of any kind, including without limitation any loss arising from reliance on the information contained in the Guides.

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1344
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 4/20/2021 1923 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-101974291605121213871-27120186310387----1344
-----------------1----1
---------------1031----14
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Total-101974291605121213871-27120186320419----1359
 -1%1%5%21%4%4%2%2%3%5%-2%9%14%24%3%1%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1923 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1752272923694637748478749251028117312901333137516342106521288497198107353053653423
1922493184005677988568919591076121213041347146117913141642488498377173353816556094
00000085689195910761212130413471461179131416424884983771733500
00000086590899411251251131913611548194941777637884995562393600
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 2106
Owner: MarkPaul
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 1173
Owner: Xan Chamberlain
 
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