Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 22,849,000
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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1930 5C MS obverse 1930 5C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

Even though the mintage of nickels at Philadelphia was lower than usual 1930, it still proved to be far more coins than were needed during the early years of the Great Depression. No additional pieces were struck there until 1934.

With so many new coins idled until that later year, these fell into the hands of collectors and speculators who put away perhaps hundreds of Mint State rolls. This issue is fairly common in all grades through MS 65. Most have excellent luster, though the quality of strike ranges from average to good, with fully struck pieces being very rare. More often seen is flatness in the hair above the braid knot typified by the example illustrated.

Why so many doubled-die varieties occurred for 1930(P) nickels on both obverse and reverse is unknown. The list at left is just the tip of the iceberg and represents those varieties sufficiently appealing to carry a premium.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/17/2017

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1930 5C MS
Base $ 1.30 1.65 2.75 4.75 12.00 20.00 25.00 33.00 35.00 40.00 45.00 65.00 80.00 110 240 485 3600 - - -
$ - - - - 37.00 - - - - 130 265 750 - -

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Total Graded: 1555
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

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8/9/2006 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 2243, 2243/Lot# 1125 $224.00
9/21/2009 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 412, 418/Lot# 7247 $345.00
9/4/2011 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 880 $345.00
6/3/2013 PCGS MS 67   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20971/Lot# 2032 $3,217.00
7/27/2013 PCGS VF 35   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 30305 $92.83
9/7/2014 PCGS MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/07/2014, 191/Lot# 188628 $200.00
4/22/2015 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1219/Lot# 3623 $2,820.00
5/3/2015 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131519/Lot# 21690 $176.25
5/31/2015 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131523/Lot# 23245 $164.50

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