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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/27/2019

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1934 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1.00 1.50 2.75 6.00 15.00 22.00 24.00 32.00 32.00 50.00 55.00 58.00 63.00 115 230 575 3550 - - -
$ - - - - 33.00 - - - 68.00 130 315 850 5750 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1304
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: 11/5/2019 1934 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----545642310011299159450346855---1304
----------------135---9
---------------1132---7
-----------------11---2
Total----5456423100112991594513489213---1322
 ----0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %2 %8 %0 %1 %7 %12 %34 %26 %7 %1 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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12/24/1997 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 1009, 1009/Lot# 1133 $196.20
10/7/2003 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #23102, 23102/Lot# 11259 $103.50
5/27/2007 PCGS MS 67   Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 1005 $4,200.00
9/21/2009 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 412, 418/Lot# 7250 $235.75
11/3/2010 NGC MS 66   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, 44/Lot# 1394 $460.00
8/11/2011 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(6), 1158/Lot# 9492 $276.00
10/23/2011 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/23/2011, 141/Lot# 20808 $57.20
10/25/2015 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131544/Lot# 21674 $258.50
4/3/2018 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131815/Lot# 23273 $151.20
9/12/2018 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131838/Lot# 25235 $77.00


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