Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 20,213,003
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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1934 5C MS obverse 1934 5C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

It was not until well into 1934 that the demand for additional pieces finally prompted the first coinage of nickels at Philadelphia since 1930. By this time the practice of setting aside fresh rolls of each coin issue was becoming a familiar ritual for many collectors, and this issue is plentiful in Mint State.

Most such coins are less than fully struck, with the center of the Indian portrait and the highest point of the bison's coat almost always being incomplete.

Doubled-die varieties are known for both obverse and reverse, but these are too minor to be of interest to general collectors.

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Last Updated: 9/20/2019

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1934 5C MS
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Base $ 1.00 1.50 2.75 6.00 15.00 20.00 23.00 25.00 30.00 50.00 55.00 58.00 63.00 115 230 575 3700 - - -
$ - - - - 33.00 - - - 68.00 130 315 850 5750 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1348
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 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: 4/20/2021 1934 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----5487524106112106165459351896---1348
----------------135---9
---------------1142---8
-----------------11---2
Total----54875241061121061654603539714---1367
 ----0%0%1%1%0%2%8%0%1%8%12%34%26%7%1%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1934 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base66912164128768994115190201220255409802131535164209838115322
67101324414480911011401942072323065409732049374756001069516088
00000044809110114019420723230654097320493747560000
000000608592108165197214243358671114427823978699000
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 1315
Owner: Doug Brenton
 
Grade: MS 66
Points: 1315
Owner: Scott Johnson
 
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