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: 1/17/2017

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1928 S 5C MS
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Base $ 1.50 2.50 3.50 12.00 30.00 105 120 155 200 230 270 385 585 915 2950 14500 26500 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 745
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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2/10/2008 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 1948 $863.00
1/3/2010 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction #210012, 210012/Lot# 22396 $661.25
4/27/2011 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2011 April Rosemont CSNS Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(6), 1154/Lot# 9956 $948.75
11/13/2011 PCGS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 3171, 3171/Lot# 1424 $27.00
12/8/2011 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 643, 650/Lot# 6085 $782.00
12/8/2011 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2011 December 8-11 US Coins Signature Auction- New York Session(4), 1162/Lot# 7674 $289.80
1/1/2013 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The January 2013 Americana Sale, 180/Lot# 12237 $822.50
4/14/2013 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131317/Lot# 26738 $193.88
11/10/2013 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/10/2013, 100/Lot# 151366 $341.00


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