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: 9/6/2019

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1923 S 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 10.00 15.00 45.00 115 265 305 350 405 520 585 625 680 915 1400 6400 35000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 2450 22000 50000 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1314
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 58
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: 10/8/2019 1923 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-81769279564521183568-27122186319377----1314
-----------------1----1
---------------842----14
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Total-81769279564521183568-271221863274110----1329
 -1 %1 %5 %21 %4 %3 %2 %1 %3 %5 %-2 %9 %14 %25 %3 %1 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
5/25/2008 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 3872 $4,830.00
11/13/2008 NGC VF 25   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 300, 306/Lot# 5271 $103.50
11/13/2011 PCGS AU 55   Teletrade Auction 3171, 3171/Lot# 1407 $320.00
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1225 $6,612.50
11/25/2012 PCGS F 12   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131249/Lot# 26053 $26.00
5/11/2014 PCGS VF 35   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/11/2014, 179/Lot# 189750 $137.50
4/25/2019 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2019 April 25 - 28 Central States (CSNS) US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1294/Lot# 7269 $1,050.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1923 5C MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1752272923694637748478749251028117312901333137516342106521288497198107353053653423
192249318400567798856891959107612121304134714611791314164248849837717335381650
00000085689195910761212130413471461179131416424884983771733500
00000086590899411251251131913611548194941777637884995562393600
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 2106
Owner: MarkPaul
 
Grade: XF 45
Points: 847
Owner: mikefromct
 
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