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: 1564
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

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10/23/1996 NGC MS 66   Teletrade Auction 0887, 887/Lot# 1202 $207.10
2/11/2007 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 1237 $312.00
3/13/2011 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131112/Lot# 26039 $172.50
4/15/2012 PCGS MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/15/2012, 18/Lot# 46610 $187.00
6/3/2013 PCGS MS 67   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20971/Lot# 2032 $3,217.00
5/18/2014 PCGS MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 804, 813/Lot# 10057 $240.00
6/2/2014 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3484, 6033/Lot# 20077 $173.90
6/22/2014 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/22/2014, 200/Lot# 170042 $44.09
4/26/2017 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2017 April 26 - 30 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(6), 1254/Lot# 7298 $493.50

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