Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 10,300,000
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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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: 5/21/2015

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1935 S 5C MS
Base $ 1.10 1.15 1.75 2.25 4.50 17.50 18.50 20.00 37.00 45.00 50.00 54.00 70.00 90.00 230 485 3400 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 75.00 120 285 850 6500 -

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Total Graded: 1403
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67

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11/6/1996 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 0891, 891/Lot# 1190 $92.65
7/26/2003 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2003 July Baltimore, MD. Signature Sale #328, 328/Lot# 6303 $4,370.00
9/23/2007 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 1224 $195.50
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 24372 $188.00
1/13/2013 PCGS MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/13/2013, 57/Lot# 94411 $75.53
1/9/2013 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1181/Lot# 9252 $329.00
6/30/2013 PCGS MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 758, 767/Lot# 92 $275.00
1/17/2016 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131604/Lot# 27639 $141.00

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