Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 79,480,000
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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1937 5C MS obverse 1937 5C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Though of lesser mintage than the 1936(P) issue, this date is actually more common in top grades. Sharp strikes and blazing luster typify many of the survivors, and this issue shares the spotlight with 1938 D as one of the most popular issues for type collectors.

Single doubled-die varieties are known for obverse and reverse, the latter being more easily discerned. With such a huge mintage requiring hundreds of dies, it's surprising that no others have surfaced.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/20/2019

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1937 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 0.75 1.35 1.50 2.00 3.50 9.00 10.00 14.00 16.50 25.00 27.00 28.00 32.00 37.00 60.00 70.00 310 11750 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 44.00 62.00 130 1300 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 8931
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 68

The chart showing G series, VG series, F series, 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, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1937 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-12324813910401582251281866962367475948812--8931
----------------15102--18
---------------1110122--26
------------------1---1
Total-12324813910401582251281866972369477451116--8976
 -0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %2 %0 %0 %1 %2 %8 %26 %53 %6 %0 %-- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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2/4/1998 NGC MS 66   Teletrade Auction 1021, 1021/Lot# 1233 $49.05
8/5/2000 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions Philadelphia 2000 Bullet Sale #234, 234/Lot# 189 $235.75
2/24/2003 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg February 24-25, 2003 Coin Auction, 17/Lot# 258 $460.00
6/30/2008 NGC MS 67   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 261, 267/Lot# 237 $241.50
12/2/2010 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2010 December Houston Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1147/Lot# 7574 $374.90
5/19/2014 NGC MS 66   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3482, 6031/Lot# 20102 $45.83
10/12/2014 PCGS MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 226341 $1.00


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