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
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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: 6/3/2015

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1928 S 5C MS
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Base $ 1.50 2.40 3.25 11.50 29.00 110 130 175 220 245 280 425 600 950 3650 15000 26500 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 734
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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3/16/2009 NGC XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 348, 354/Lot# 214 $32.00
8/26/2012 PCGS MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/26/2012, 37/Lot# 65415 $660.00
9/9/2012 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131238/Lot# 22678 $79.00
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
9/9/2013 PCGS AU 58   Teletrade Auction 3447, 3447/Lot# 1210 $220.00
6/9/2014 PCGS AU 53   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3485, 6034/Lot# 20163 $74.03
9/22/2014 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 1362 $11,497.70


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