Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 6,936,000
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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1928 S 5C MS obverse 1928 S 5C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The typical 1928 S nickel is softly struck with average to good luster. Unlike the S-Mint nickels of earlier years, this weakness is usually not due to the use of extremely worn dies. It appears that the planchets were not properly softened or the die set distance was greater than it should have been, as the softness is uniform on both sides of the coins.

Gems are elusive for this issue. A number of Mint State pieces have been found that are darker than normal, and this points to problems with the planchet stock. Worn examples are plentiful from widespread hoarding of the late 1930s through the early 1960s.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/4/2019

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1928 S 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1.50 2.50 7.00 15.00 45.00 105 120 155 210 265 300 390 585 750 2500 12250 25500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 425 615 1800 5500 - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 784
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

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, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1928 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base2-75231723812277612711614024543102---784
---------------12-----3
---------------31-----4
------------------1---1
Total2-75231723812277612711614024946103---792
 0 %-1 %1 %3 %2 %3 %1 %2 %3 %10 %0 %3 %15 %18 %31 %6 %1 %0 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
5/3/2000 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1303, 1303/Lot# 1160 $844.75
9/9/2004 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2004 September Long Beach Signature Sale #355, 355/Lot# 5872 $3,105.00
2/5/2006 NGC MS 64   Goldberg February 5-8, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 34/Lot# 598 $747.50
12/8/2011 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 643, 650/Lot# 6085 $782.00
6/9/2014 PCGS AU 53   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3485, 6034/Lot# 20163 $74.03
6/29/2014 NGC MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 191198 $2,450.00
6/28/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3533, 6112/Lot# 20332 $58.75
4/10/2016 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131616/Lot# 25021 $376.00
10/22/2017 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131744/Lot# 29283 $210.00


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