Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 36,446,000
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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1929 5C MS obverse 1929 5C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

This issue is plentiful across all grades through MS 65, though all fall just a bit short of being fully struck. As with so many coins of the 1920s, it seems that budget constraints likely prompted the dies to be set further apart than optimal to extend their lives.

A couple of minor doubled-die obverse varieties are known for this issue, but they draw little attention from collectors.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/14/2019

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1929 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 0.90 1.35 3.10 6.25 14.85 21.60 24.30 30.50 36.50 40.50 49.50 60.00 72.00 120 290 885 13000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 85.00 145 390 1850 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1271
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

The chart showing VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 7/16/2019 1929 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--74845131442-587178610260421---1271
---------------323----8
---------------1-1----2
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Total--74845131442-587178614262461---1281
 --1 %0 %1 %0 %0 %0 %0 %1 %3 %-0 %7 %14 %48 %20 %4 %0 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
1/5/2000 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1256, 1256/Lot# 1134 $76.30
1/7/2009 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2009 January Orlando, FL FUN Auction #1121, 1121/Lot# 7845 $632.50
9/4/2011 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 878 $546.25
9/9/2012 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/09/2012, 39/Lot# 64731 $62.84
8/11/2013 PCGS MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 764, 773/Lot# 731 $607.00
10/27/2013 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131345/Lot# 22118 $84.00
5/25/2014 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3483, 6032/Lot# 22143 $52.88
6/29/2014 PCGS MS 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 195/Lot# 188627 $770.00
3/5/2017 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131711/Lot# 23824 $104.00
7/12/2018 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2018 July 12 - 15 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1277/Lot# 7173 $540.00


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