Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 37,981,000
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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1927 5C MS obverse 1927 5C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

In The Complete Guide to Buffalo Nickels, author David W. Lange sums up the 1927(P) nickel as follows: "Well struck coins are the norm for this issue, but no Buffalo Nickel coined 1918 and later will have the sharpness of well struck coins from earlier years. The master hubs for this type gradually became worn, a process accelerated by the high mintages of 1916-20."

1927(P) nickels are plentiful across most grades, with a number of truly outstanding pieces known. Five examples were certified by NGC as Specimen (SP) coins, and it's believed that these were test pieces struck from chromium-plated dies. Such experiments were recorded in the Mint Director's Report for Fiscal Year 1928, though nothing was specifically mentioned regarding which coins were involved.

A minor doubled-die obverse variety is noted, but this is of little interest to most collectors.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/27/2019

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1927 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1.00 1.50 3.25 6.75 15.00 25.00 27.00 30.00 35.00 41.00 48.00 65.00 90.00 135 260 510 5475 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1130
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

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, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/12/2019 1927 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-14189463936-772108420343909---1130
----------------551---11
---------------33-1---7
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Total-14189463936-7721084233519511---1148
 -0 %0 %0 %1 %1 %0 %1 %0 %1 %3 %-1 %6 %9 %37 %31 %8 %1 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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9/23/1998 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1089, 1089/Lot# 1179 $70.85
5/9/2005 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #38, 42/Lot# 168 $517.50
2/2/2012 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2012 February 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(4), 1167/Lot# 7859 $373.75
5/27/2012 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg May 27-31, 2012 The May Pre-Long Beach Auction, 69/Lot# 536 $80.50
8/26/2012 PCGS MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/26/2012, 37/Lot# 65410 $203.50
6/3/2014 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 3713 $182.13
12/13/2015 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131551/Lot# 27451 $89.00


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