Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 970,000
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 S 5C MS obverse 1926 S 5C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

What a difference a few years makes. The 1926 S nickel had a mintage not much lower than that of the 1931 S issue, but it it vastly more rare in Mint State. While the later date was not released in large numbers until 1935, when speculators were ready to pounce on it, the 1926 S nickels were seemingly all issued to circulation at or near their time of minting. It's doubtful that more than a few hundred survive unworn.

Most examples are poorly struck on one or both sides from dies that show varying degrees of erosion. As is usually the case with coins having mintmarks on their reverse, it is those dies that were used the longest and are most likely to display heavy wear and distorted peripheries.

Collectors hoarded this issue from circulation starting in the late 1930s, but its modest mintage largely stymied their efforts. It remains scarce in lower grades and rare in grades VF and higher.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/16/2020

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1926 S 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 24.00 60.00 100.00 280 865 2550 2850 3450 4600 5100 5600 6800 10250 14750 75000 140000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 11500 18500 115000 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2194
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: VF
High Grade: 66

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/11/2021 1926 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base137151551922938431313151-92642121103----2194
---------------1-1----2
---------------22-----4
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Total137151551922938431313151-92642124124----2200
 0%2%7%25%42%4%4%1%1%1%2%-0%1%2%6%1%0%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1926 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3174015006187931583179927812985326035253817400042175212658112417139148338122593858464121
34543453967610561655212628493077334836223878407245495668852612916139149645210344709667327
0000002126284930773348362238784072454956688526129161391496452103400
000000245429173168343737203939414548806125104721341513914109522980900
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 3260
Owner: Josh2020
 
Grade: AU 53
Points: 2985
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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