Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 5,635,000
Catalog: KM-134
Obverse Designer: James Earle Fraser
Reverse Designer: James Earle Fraser
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5.0000g
Diameter: 21.2mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/21/2015

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1937 S 5C MS
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Base $ 1.10 1.15 1.50 2.25 4.00 9.50 10.00 12.50 17.00 30.00 32.00 34.00 38.00 42.00 60.00 105 950 15000 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3694
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 68


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5/3/2000 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 1303, 1303/Lot# 1164 $32.75
11/16/2004 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #24114, 24114/Lot# 11235 $74.75
1/15/2007 NGC MS 67   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 122, 127/Lot# 279 $1,035.00
9/14/2008 NGC MS 65   Goldberg September 14-16, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 48/Lot# 772 $35.00
6/5/2011 NGC MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/05/2011, 119/Lot# 8380 $50.00
10/23/2011 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131144/Lot# 20133 $65.00
5/30/2012 PCGS MS 67   Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 2465 $881.25
8/19/2012 PCGS MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/19/2012, 36/Lot# 53032 $62.70


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