1913 5C Type 1 (Proof)

Series: Buffalo Five Cents 1913-1937

PCGS PR68

PCGS PR68

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PCGS PR68

PCGS PR68

PCGS PR67+

PCGS PR67+

PCGS #:
3988
Designer:
James Earle Fraser
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
21.20 millimeters
Weight:
5.00 grams
Mintage:
1,520
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Major Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
Current Auctions - NGC Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - PCGS Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 900 R-5.2 1 / 1 2 / 8 TIE
60 or Better 825 R-5.3 1 / 1 2 / 8 TIE
65 or Better 550 R-5.9 1 / 1 2 / 8 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 900
60 or Better 825
65 or Better 550
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-5.2
60 or Better R-5.3
65 or Better R-5.9
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 1 / 1
60 or Better 1 / 1
65 or Better 1 / 1
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 2 / 8 TIE
60 or Better 2 / 8 TIE
65 or Better 2 / 8 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 PR68 PCGS grade PR68 PCGS grade

Gerald Forsythe Collection

1 PR68 PCGS grade PR68 PCGS grade

“Old West” Collection

1 PR68 PCGS grade
1 PR68 PCGS grade
5 PR67+ PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 8/2016:3042, $4,700

5 PR67+ PCGS grade PR67+ PCGS grade
5 PR67+ PCGS grade
5 PR67+ PCGS grade
5 PR67+ PCGS grade
5 PR67+ PCGS grade
PR68 PCGS grade #1 PR68 PCGS grade

Gerald Forsythe Collection

PR68 PCGS grade #1 PR68 PCGS grade

“Old West” Collection

#1 PR68 PCGS grade
#1 PR68 PCGS grade
#5 PR67+ PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 8/2016:3042, $4,700

PR67+ PCGS grade #5 PR67+ PCGS grade
#5 PR67+ PCGS grade
#5 PR67+ PCGS grade
#5 PR67+ PCGS grade
#5 PR67+ PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

In 1913, the new Buffalo Nickel appeared to enthusiastic reception from the public. The Mint made the normal strikes for circulation and Proofs for sale to collectors. Proof Buffalo Nickels were given the matte finish that first appeared on Lincoln Cents in 1909, which was a framatic change from the brilliant Proofs of previous years. The matte finish is definitely an acquired taste, because it is not dramatically different, at first glance, from a normal circulation strike. However, a well-made matte Proof has crisp details, mark-free surfaces, and a sharply-squared border.

A large percentage of the reported mintage of matte Proof 1913 Type I Nickels have been certified by PCGS (337 out of 1,520, as of February 2012). Of these, the majority appear in the grade range between PR-64 and PR-66. The finest examples certified by PCGS are three PR-68s.