Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 36,446,000
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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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. The coin illustrated is typical of what passes for a fully struck 1929(P) nickel.

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: 5/20/2015

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1929 5C MS
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Base $ 1.20 1.35 2.25 4.50 11.75 20.00 21.00 22.00 28.00 33.50 40.00 50.00 75.00 115 340 875 27500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 85.00 135 430 2300 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1224
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


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12/9/1994 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 1994 December St. Louis Bullet Sale #126, 126/Lot# 167 $187.00
5/8/2006 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 86, 91/Lot# 226 $115.00
6/25/2006 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 2223, 2223/Lot# 1240 $123.20
9/13/2006 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2006 September Long Beach, CA Signature Auction #416, 416/Lot# 1067 $805.00
7/8/2012 NGC MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/08/2012, 30/Lot# 59028 $30.07
2/3/2013 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg February 3-6, 2013 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 72/Lot# 1202 $345.00
3/21/2014 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 March 21 & 23 US Coins Signature Auction - San Francisco Session(3), 1198/Lot# 11159 $329.00
5/25/2014 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3483, 6032/Lot# 22143 $52.88


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