Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 2,105,000
Catalog: KM-133
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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1913 S TYPE 1 5C MS obverse 1913 S TYPE 1 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

With its low mintage, the 1913 S Type 1 nickel would be very rare today in Mint State were it not for the general hoarding that accompanies all first-year coins. Even so, the smaller population of the western states limited the number saved, and this is the scarcest of the three mints across all grades.

Gems of this coin are especially scarce, as the San Francisco Mint seemed to have a great deal of difficulty in striking this type fully. Many Mint State survivors are, like the example shown, quite poorly struck. Also commonly seen are "chin whiskers," a bold die clash of E PLURIBUS UNUM which looks like rough hair below the Indian's chin. At the same time, an impression of the chin on the reverse makes these minute letters nearly impossible to read.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/1/2015

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1913 S TYPE 1 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 42.00 48.00 58.00 70.00 80.00 100.00 105 110 120 130 150 190 325 800 1550 6600 36500 - -
$ 85.00 - - - - - 175 225 440 1050 2350 10500 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1541
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68


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Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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5/30/2005 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg May 30 - June 16, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 31/Lot# 105 $1,495.00
10/26/2008 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Coin Auction #68111, 68111/Lot# 61105 $1,063.75
6/3/2013 NGC MS 62   Teletrade Auction 3433, 3433/Lot# 1283 $95.00
8/30/2013 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 4308 $465.30
9/8/2013 PCGS MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 768, 777/Lot# 7047 $1,950.00
6/22/2014 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131426/Lot# 20437 $305.50
9/7/2014 NGC AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/07/2014, 191/Lot# 200698 $85.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1913 S TYPE 1 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2417119423027230432036638139542343745050259786515052161391985591152620874
7317920624428330933537138640442844146753468610781724274754669548146420
0000003353713864044284414675346861078172427475466954800
00000035137639041443244648556577612921942333370121053700
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 3919
Owner: upperbracket
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 1505
Owner: BankNote1
 
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