Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 5,435,000
Catalog: KM-134
Obverse Designer: James Earle Fraser
Reverse Designer: James Earle Fraser
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5.0000g
Diameter: 21.2mm
Edge: Plain
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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: 7/10/2015

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1930 S 5C MS
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Base $ 1.35 1.75 3.00 4.75 15.00 34.00 37.00 40.00 48.00 63.00 68.00 85.00 130 210 490 1150 15000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 95.00 150 285 675 3975 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 766
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 66


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12/11/2005 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 2129, 2129/Lot# 1159 $168.00
2/11/2007 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 1238 $230.00
2/28/2012 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 1891 $442.75
10/14/2012 PCGS MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/14/2012, 44/Lot# 79105 $176.98
4/7/2013 PCGS Genuine VF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/07/2013, 69/Lot# 109356 $75.91
4/28/2013 NGC MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/28/2013, 72/Lot# 111660 $253.00
1/8/2014 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(8), 1201/Lot# 9524 $470.00
1/26/2014 PCGS AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 788, 797/Lot# 605 $55.00
8/18/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA, 6104/Lot# 42274 $734.38


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