Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 3,430,000
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 S 5C MS obverse 1927 S 5C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Like the Denver Mint 1927 nickel, the best that can be said of the 1927 S issue is that it comes better than the two preceding dates. Most are less than fully struck, but very poorly struck coins are not often encountered. The fields are sometimes a bit prooflike, probably as a consequence of the dies being repolished to eradicate clash marks. The coin illustrated is a superior specimen in all respects and quite rare as such. The certified population of gem 1927 S nickels is very small.

Problem-free examples are somewhat scarce in the higher circulated grades, but the hoarding that accompanied all S-Mint coins starting in the late 1930s has preserved enough pieces to meet collector demand.

Minor doubled-die varieties are known for both obverse and reverse, but they attract little interest.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/24/2020

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1927 S 5C MS
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Base $ 2.00 4.75 6.00 50.00 95.00 195 225 295 450 635 875 1440 2125 3700 14350 96500 - - - -
$ - - - - 455 - - 1500 2550 4900 33500 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 728
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 66

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 8/4/2020 1927 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-2591024134162147921217080164212----728
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Total-2591024134162147921217180172246----744
 -0%1%1%14%6%5%2%3%6%12%0%3%10%11%23%3%1%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1927 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4159811061433363665976848471051129014502068258533657077105157651113423402058893
476689118207346443626738915113113431656224028454602822310515888118901423110
00000044362673891511311343165622402845460282231051588811890100
000000520655793983121013971862241331055840936910515101122646100
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 3365
Owner: Liberty1776
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 1051
Owner: Xan Chamberlain
 
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