Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,520
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 TYPE 1 5C PF obverse 1913 TYPE 1 5C PF reverse

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Description & Analysis

In his book The Complete Guide to Buffalo Nickels, David W. Lange observed of this issue, "If someone has not had the opportunity to examine Type 1 proofs, these may easily be confused with very well struck currency pieces." Indeed, distinguishing the two is not dependent on strike alone. The proofs have an extremely fine crystalline or satin finish that is quite different from conventional mint luster, but this quality may be obscured on pieces that have been harshly cleaned.

Collectors of the time noted the minimal differences unfavorably, yet this issue still enjoyed respectable sales for the novelty of its design. They've suffered an unusually high attrition rate, and it's possible that many were later spent intentionally or accidentally. Gems are quite elusive and are also in much demand as the only Type 1 issue.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/10/2015

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1913 TYPE 1 5C PF
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 850 1025 1325 2400 3450 4900 11750 32500 - -
$ - - - - - 900 1125 1500 2900 4150 6850 13500 -

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Total Graded: 300
Low Grade: 62
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 68

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Auction Prices Realized

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1/29/1996 NGC PF 66   Teletrade Auction 0810, 810/Lot# 242 $2,193.50
2/23/2005 PCGS PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2005 February Long Beach Signature Sale #366, 366/Lot# 6052 $1,955.00
9/10/2006 NGC PF 65   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 1382 $3,450.00
11/28/2011 PCGS PF 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 640, 647/Lot# 89 $4,508.00
11/15/2013 NGC PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 15 - 16 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part II Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1190/Lot# 33029 $2,585.00
8/8/2014 PCGS PF 65   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 3226 $3,290.00
1/6/2016 PCGS PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2016 January 6 - 11 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Tampa Session(3), 1231/Lot# 4859 $3,642.50

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1913 TYPE 1 5C PF
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Grade: PF 67
Points: 6410
Owner: Leonard Raines
Grade: PF 66
Points: 3783
Owner: BillJones
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