Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 44,693,000
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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1926 5C MS obverse 1926 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This is the most plentiful issue of the 1920s across all grades. Though most Mint State coins are less than fully struck, there are enough sharp ones to meet the demand from picky collectors. The luster on these coins is generally quite pleasing, too. Why quality improved so vastly over that of the previous date is unknown.

Varieties include one very minor doubled-die obverse and another, much more distinctive one which is paired with a minor doubled-die reverse. This pair is recognized by NGC under its VarietyPlus Service.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/22/2017

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1926 5C MS
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Base $ 1.35 1.85 2.75 6.00 12.00 22.00 24.00 26.00 32.00 35.00 45.00 68.00 95.00 110 220 550 3700 16250 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1481
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68


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Auction Prices Realized

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11/10/2003 PCGS MS 66   Teletrade Auction 1804, 1804/Lot# 1112 $374.00
9/6/2004 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 556 $575.00
4/2/2007 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Spring Collectors Choice Sale', 137/Lot# 68 $63.25
7/14/2013 NGC Details AU Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/14/2013, 83/Lot# 126970 $13.00
7/11/2014 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5470 $152.75
11/6/2014 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2014 November 6 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(5), 1211/Lot# 7418 $307.85
12/3/2015 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2015 December 3 - 6 Houston Money Show US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(3), 1227/Lot# 4162 $6,462.50


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