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 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 425 615 1800 6000 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 747
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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12/18/1996 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 0903, 903/Lot# 1145 $1,728.00
2/23/2005 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2005 February Long Beach Signature Sale #366, 366/Lot# 6010 $977.50
5/25/2008 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 3889 $891.25
7/8/2010 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 495, 501/Lot# 7187 $3,220.00
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
7/21/2013 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131331/Lot# 24105 $246.75
1/12/2014 PCGS MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/12/2014, 180/Lot# 162752 $715.00
6/4/2014 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 4 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1206/Lot# 3455 $3,172.50


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