Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 32,086,314
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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1918 5C MS obverse 1918 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

1918 Philadelphia Mint nickels are fairly plentiful, but not to the extent of other P-Mints nickels from the late 1910s. It's a mystery why the mintage of this issue fell from 1917's figure, when all other denominations were coined in greater numbers.

There are plenty of Mint State coins to meet the needs of average collectors, though gems are very elusive. It's exceedingly rare to find a fully struck 1918(P) nickel, as nearly all are weak at their centers. The coin shown is about as sharp as this issue is found.

A nice doubled-die reverse variety is found with this date, though it's not as pronounced as the DDR for 1917(P).

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/1/2015

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1918 5C MS
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Base $ 6.50 7.00 9.00 19.00 33.00 50.00 60.00 65.00 95.00 175 245 345 575 1350 3600 16500 - - -
$ 37.00 - - - - - 275 375 815 1900 5400 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 622
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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3/17/2011 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2011 March Sacramento Signature ANA US Coin Auction Session(4), 1153/Lot# 7579 $230.00
3/18/2012 PCGS MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/18/2012, 13/Lot# 38577 $412.50
10/7/2013 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 3451, 3451/Lot# 1187 $399.50
1/26/2014 PCGS AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 788, 797/Lot# 568 $185.00
4/21/2014 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3478, 6027/Lot# 20042 $393.63
9/22/2014 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 1322 $2,070.00
8/11/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA, 6104/Lot# 234 $3,055.00
12/20/2015 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131552/Lot# 29058 $188.00


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