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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Last Updated: 1/17/2017

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1927 5C MS
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Base $ 1.25 1.50 2.25 4.75 12.00 22.00 24.00 26.00 31.00 35.00 45.00 65.00 90.00 120 275 575 6500 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1086
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


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9/30/1998 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 1091, 1091/Lot# 1225 $141.70
9/10/2006 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 87 $586.50
3/4/2012 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131211/Lot# 28144 $104.00
1/9/2013 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1181/Lot# 9225 $329.00
4/21/2013 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131318/Lot# 28824 $211.50
12/1/2013 PCGS MS 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/01/2013, 103/Lot# 143278 $425.69
4/27/2014 PCGS MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 801, 810/Lot# 2058 $100.00
6/28/2015 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3533, 6112/Lot# 20329 $70.50


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