Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 10,300,000
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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1935 S 5C MS obverse 1935 S 5C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

Numerous rolls of Mint State 1935 S nickels were set aside by collectors of that time, and this issue is thus fairly common unworn. Nearly all of these coins, however, are deficient in strike, as on the example illustrated. There is probably just a handful of fully struck coins, and these should bring a premium. The luster of 1935 S nickels typically is quite pleasing, and this helps to explain the large number certified as MS 65 and higher.

This is another issue that is rich in varieties. It may be that the sudden and very large increase in coinage during the years 1935-36 caught the Philadelphia Mint's Engraving Department unprepared and understaffed, with new hires perhaps accounting for the many repunched mintmarks. Other varieties include one doubled-die obverse and several for the reverse, all but one of these being rather minor.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/17/2017

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1935 S 5C MS
Base $ 1.10 1.35 1.85 2.50 5.00 17.50 18.50 20.00 37.00 45.00 50.00 55.00 70.00 90.00 235 445 3300 - - -
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Total Graded: 1429
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67

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1/17/2005 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2005 Fort Lauderdale, FL (FUN) Bullet Sale #361, 361/Lot# 642 $379.50
5/15/2006 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 2204, 2204/Lot# 1203 $89.60
5/25/2008 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 3900 $207.00
5/29/2008 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 252, 258/Lot# 5188 $83.95
12/8/2013 NGC MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/08/2013, 104/Lot# 156344 $62.70
9/4/2014 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1209/Lot# 7315 $381.88
4/17/2015 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3530, 6099/Lot# 24033 $88.13

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