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


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1/11/1997 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 1997 F.U.N. Signature Sale #165, 165/Lot# 5785 $920.00
2/18/2008 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 2491, 2491/Lot# 1112 $179.20
3/16/2009 NGC XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 348, 354/Lot# 214 $32.00
2/3/2013 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg February 3-6, 2013 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 72/Lot# 1201 $6,038.00
1/12/2014 NGC AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/12/2014, 180/Lot# 164026 $132.00
6/29/2014 NGC MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 191198 $2,450.00
6/23/2014 PCGS AU 53   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3487, 6036/Lot# 20122 $76.38
1/3/2016 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131602/Lot# 23756 $152.75


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