Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 5,435,000
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 S 5C MS obverse 1930 S 5C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

With its modest mintage, the 1930 S nickel should be much more scarce in Mint State than it is. The fact that it is fairly plentiful unworn may be traced to the near total lack of demand for fresh coins during the early years of the Great Depression. Many thousands of 1930 S nickels remained in storage until demand began to pick up in 1934-35, at which time hoarders were waiting to put these rolls away as investments.

Most survivors have good to excellent luster, though they tend to be poorly struck at their centers. Collectors should be very picky in selecting a well struck coin. Lightly worn examples grading XF or AU are also plentiful, as these were taken from circulation to fill the first generation of coin boards 1935-40.

Several repunched mintmark varieties are known for 1930 S nickels, along with a very minor doubled-die obverse.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/27/2019

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1930 S 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1.00 1.75 3.50 4.75 22.00 37.00 40.00 48.00 55.00 67.00 70.00 85.00 125 230 390 780 13300 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 300 510 2400 27000 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 837
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: 12/3/2019 1930 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--26153136711382466118322200222---837
---------------1-4----5
---------------311----5
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Total--26153136711382466118326201272---847
 --0 %1 %2 %0 %2 %1 %1 %1 %4 %0 %0 %8 %14 %38 %24 %3 %0 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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8/21/2000 PCGS MS 66   Teletrade Auction 1349, 1349/Lot# 1110 $1,053.00
9/6/2004 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 566 $1,495.00
8/26/2012 PCGS MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/26/2012, 37/Lot# 65421 $325.59
8/11/2013 PCGS MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 764, 773/Lot# 732 $732.00
10/12/2014 PCGS MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 224990 $1.00
8/18/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA, 6104/Lot# 42275 $763.75
8/21/2016 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131635/Lot# 29127 $329.00
2/20/2019 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131909/Lot# 27248 $312.00
7/11/2019 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2019 July 11 - 14 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1297/Lot# 7184 $990.00


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