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: 739
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
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Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
9/12/2005 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 2091, 2091/Lot# 1197 $616.00
4/6/2006 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2006 April Atlanta, GA (ANA) Signature Auction #402, 402/Lot# 319 $862.50
2/10/2008 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 1948 $863.00
3/16/2009 NGC XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 348, 354/Lot# 214 $32.00
12/2/2010 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2010 December Houston Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1147/Lot# 7567 $977.50
8/26/2012 PCGS MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/26/2012, 37/Lot# 65415 $660.00
7/14/2013 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131330/Lot# 22888 $364.25
8/18/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA, 6104/Lot# 42270 $763.75


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