Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 970,000
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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1926 S 5C MS obverse 1926 S 5C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

What a difference a few years makes. The 1926 S nickel had a mintage not much lower than that of the 1931 S issue, but it it vastly more rare in Mint State. While the later date was not released in large numbers until 1935, when speculators were ready to pounce on it, the 1926 S nickels were seemingly all issued to circulation at or near their time of minting. It's doubtful that more than a few hundred survive unworn.

Most examples are poorly struck on one or both sides from dies that show varying degrees of erosion. As is usually the case with coins having mintmarks on their reverse, it is those dies that were used the longest and are most likely to display heavy wear and distorted peripheries.

Collectors hoarded this issue from circulation starting in the late 1930s, but its modest mintage largely stymied their efforts. It remains scarce in lower grades and rare in grades VF and higher.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/10/2015

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1926 S 5C MS
Base $ 22.50 45.00 98.00 285 875 2550 2850 3575 4300 5700 6400 10750 17750 110000 165000 - - - -
$ 1100 - - 3950 4600 - - 14000 27500 - - - -

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Total Graded: 1802
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 40
High Grade: 66

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10/4/2007 NGC VF 20   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 183, 189/Lot# 5321 $258.75
3/24/2010 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2010 March Fort Worth, TX Signature ANA US Coin Auction #1138, 1138/Lot# 506 $7,762.50
1/23/2011 PCGS AU 58   Teletrade Auction 3000, 3000/Lot# 1298 $4,255.00
2/3/2011 NGC VF 35   Heritage Auctions 2011 February Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1152/Lot# 7684 $322.00
2/3/2013 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg February 3-6, 2013 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 72/Lot# 1195 $115,000.00
4/6/2014 PCGS VF 20   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/06/2014, 175/Lot# 184859 $199.10
5/5/2014 PCGS VF 20   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3480, 6029/Lot# 20092 $197.40
1/17/2016 NGC VF 30   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131604/Lot# 27631 $235.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1926 S 5C MS
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Grade: AU 53
Points: 2985
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
Grade: VF 35
Points: 793
Owner: BankNote1
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