Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 1,437,000
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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1924 S 5C MS obverse 1924 S 5C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

This issue had one of the lowest mintages in the popular Buffalo Nickel series, and it has long been prized in any grade. Heavily worn pieces were widely hoarded from the late 1930s through the 1950s, so coins grading less than Fine are only slightly scarce.

Among S-Mint nickels of the 1920s, this date is more often seen with decent strike than others. None are ever as fully struck as those of the 1910s, but they are generally much sharper than notorious dates such as 1920 S and 1925 S.

Three repunched mintmark varieties are noted, but they are too minor to attract much interest on a coin that is already costly in most grades.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/5/2020

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1924 S 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 30.00 50.00 120 475 965 1650 1780 1875 2250 2300 2350 3250 4850 5750 13000 33500 - - - -
$ - - - - - 2325 2550 3700 5200 7250 20000 100000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1367
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 40
High Grade: 67

The chart showing PrAg series, 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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 7/20/2021 1924 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base154186344448394412102127-91934971921---1367
-----------------1----1
---------------3------3
-----------------2----2
Total154186344448394412102127-919341001951---1373
 0%4%14%25%33%3%3%1%1%2%2%-1%1%2%7%1%0%0%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1924 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1982553234099331865196923352385244825252685272729103365411154959307574787682290336436
217278352584124419002091235224062474257826992788306236144572676693076754134802741438258
00000020912352240624742578269927883062361445726766930767541348000
00000022132368242724992632271328493213386250348036930777611819100
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Grade: VF 35
Points: 933
Owner: aj5831
 
Grade: VF 20
Points: 933
Owner: AndyPeters71
 
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