Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 5,635,000
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 S 5C MS obverse 1937 S 5C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

This is almost certainly the finest S-Mint Buffalo Nickel in terms of overall luster, surfaces and strike. It is also seemingly the most common in terms of surviving Mint State pieces, as this date was still being issued by banks a year or two later and was thus squirreled away by collectors and speculators.

Repunched mintmark varieties are numerous for 1937 S nickels, though they are more subtle than those of the previous two years and have attracted only limited interest.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/27/2019

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1937 S 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 0.75 1.35 1.50 2.00 5.00 9.00 10.00 14.00 16.00 28.00 30.00 33.00 37.00 40.00 60.00 105 840 16300 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 42.00 - 140 9250 27500

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 4248
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 68

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, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1937 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----415-2828-44210063121481211631--4248
---------------122251--31
----------------21041--17
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Total----415-2828-44210063221521223923--4296
 ----0 %0 %0 %-0 %0 %1 %-0 %1 %2 %15 %50 %28 %2 %0 %-- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
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11/2/1998 PCGS MS 66   Teletrade Auction 1101, 1101/Lot# 1277 $119.90
5/30/2005 PCGS MS 67   Goldberg May 30 - June 16, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 31/Lot# 138 $2,415.00
11/20/2005 PCGS MS 66   Teletrade Auction 2120, 2120/Lot# 1107 $112.00
1/31/2010 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction #210022, 210022/Lot# 22400 $79.00
11/10/2011 NGC MS 67   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 635, 642/Lot# 7101 $655.50
12/29/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/29/2013, 170/Lot# 160383 $11.00
10/10/2014 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3503, 6057/Lot# 20094 $58.75


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