Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 4,882,000
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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1918 S 5C MS obverse 1918 S 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1918 S nickel had a rather modest mintage at a time when most production figures were quite high. Despite the hoarding of worn S-Mint coins from circulation that typified the coin hobby from the 1930s through the 1950s, this issue remains fairly scarce across all grades.

Mint State pieces do survive, but their quality is usually quite disappointing. Very weak strikes, whether from fresh or worn dies, are the norm. It appears that the San Francisco Mint increased the set distance between the dies to extend their useful life, so this issue never really had a chance.

The coin illustrated is typical of many Buffalo Nickels in that it reveals a mis-matched die pair. The obverse die is clearly quite worn, yet the reverse die was fresh, probably a replacement for one that became unusable through severe clashing or breaking. Such contradictions between obverse and reverse just add to the difficulty of grading Buffalo Nickels, particularly those in the higher circulated grades.

Gems of this date are exceedingly rare, while most Mint State coins will have less than satisfying luster.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/1/2015

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1918 S 5C MS
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Base $ 14.50 26.00 55.00 125 200 315 365 480 550 850 1400 2800 5250 18000 60000 - - - -
$ 260 - - - - 1050 1700 3250 7900 32000 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 648
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66


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9/10/2006 NGC MS 65   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 1398 $14,950.00
10/5/2009 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 416, 422/Lot# 173 $3,910.00
9/18/2011 PCGS VG 8   Teletrade Auction 3139, 3139/Lot# 1384 $21.00
3/31/2013 PCGS Genuine F   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131315/Lot# 22794 $101.05
1/19/2014 PCGS G 4   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/19/2014, 185/Lot# 128919 $53.00
1/26/2014 NGC MS 66   Goldberg January 26-28, 2014 January Pre-Long Beach Sale 17.5% BP, 78/Lot# 1025 $18,800.00
9/22/2014 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 1326 $19,550.00
3/10/2015 NGC   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Portland ANA, 6103/Lot# 1127 $246.75


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