Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 6,936,000
Catalog: KM-134
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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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

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: 6/3/2015

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1928 S 5C MS
Base $ 1.50 2.40 3.25 11.50 29.00 110 130 175 220 245 280 425 600 950 3650 15000 26500 - - -
$ 35.00 - - - - - - 465 700 1600 5000 - - -

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Total Graded: 742
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

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3/3/2004 PCGS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 1852, 1852/Lot# 1076 $38.00
1/9/2008 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2008 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Coin Auction #454, 454/Lot# 787 $4,600.00
5/25/2008 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 3889 $891.25
3/16/2009 NGC XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 348, 354/Lot# 214 $32.00
10/17/2012 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1234 $2,585.00
1/9/2013 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1181/Lot# 3494 $2,820.00
1/9/2013 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1181/Lot# 9239 $587.50
12/15/2013 PCGS MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/15/2013, 105/Lot# 157804 $1,017.50
12/3/2015 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2015 December 3 - 6 Houston Money Show US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(3), 1227/Lot# 4167 $4,738.78

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