Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 1,209,000
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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1913 S TYPE 2 5C MS obverse 1913 S TYPE 2 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This is among the rarest of the date/mint combinations in the Indian Head/Buffalo series. It has the third smallest mintage, only slightly higher than that of the 1931 S nickel, but that's where the comparison ends. The latter date was not released immediately, its low mintage was known beforehand, and vast numbers were preserved in Mint State. In contrast, the 1913 S Type 2 nickel was released quickly and at a time when very few persons were collecting current issues by date and mint. Hoarding activity was centered around the Type 1 nickels, and this second emission was largely overlooked. Finally, the shallow dates of 1913 nickels meant that any coins entering circulation would be dateless within 15-20 years.

The certified population of 1913 S Type 2 nickels gives a false impression of actual availability, as the value of these coins prompts a far greater rate of submission for grading. Gems are truly rare, and this coin is often found quite weakly struck, though the problem is certainly not as great as it is for the 1913 S Type 1 nickel.

A nice repunched mintmark variety is known. The first impression was east of the final one, both letters S being quite distinct.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/1/2015

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1913 S TYPE 2 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 365 410 440 490 600 690 725 760 840 960 1075 1325 2000 3800 6800 30000 - - -
$ 635 - - 785 890 - 1175 1650 2450 5200 18800 50000 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1765
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67


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5/1/2016 MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2016 April 27 - May 1 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(6), 1234/Lot# 7420


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4/11/1997 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 1997 Indianapolis Bullet Sale #170, 170/Lot# 121 $577.50
6/9/1997 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 0952, 952/Lot# 1179 $708.50
1/7/2004 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2004 Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Sale #336, 336/Lot# 5300 $3,220.00
1/9/2008 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2008 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Coin Auction #454, 454/Lot# 738 $1,955.00
5/30/2010 PCGS XF 40   Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1250 $438.00
3/18/2011 NGC G 6   Stack's Bowers The March 2011 Baltimore Auction Online Only Session, 91/Lot# 12148 $254.15
7/21/2013 PCGS G 6   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 761, 770/Lot# 294 $170.00
1/26/2014 NGC VG 8   Goldberg January 26-28, 2014 January Pre-Long Beach Sale 17.5% BP, 78/Lot# 1022 $317.00
6/8/2014 NGC MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/08/2014, 202/Lot# 179035 $962.50
9/4/2014 PCGS F 12   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1209/Lot# 7268 $305.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1913 S TYPE 2 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1639331005105111241271131513811421146115471609166817761989240136754499743169511926433319
4209571020107511731286133713941434149015681629170418472126282639505476743111055239490
00000013371394143414901568162917041847212628263950547674311105500
00000013591408144815181588164817401918226432504224645474311516000
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 7431
Owner: MarkPaul
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 1776
Owner: MOKANDO
 
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