1913-S 5C Type 1 (Regular Strike)

Series: Buffalo Five Cents 1913-1938

PCGS MS68

PCGS MS68

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PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67+

PCGS #:
3917
Designer:
James Earle Fraser
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
21.20 millimeters
Weight:
5.00 grams
Mintage:
2,105,000
Mint:
San Francisco
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 10,000 R-3.0 1 / 3 36 / 72 TIE
60 or Better 3,000 R-4.4 1 / 3 44 / 72 TIE
65 or Better 800 R-5.4 1 / 3 40 / 72 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 10,000
60 or Better 3,000
65 or Better 800
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-3.0
60 or Better R-4.4
65 or Better R-5.4
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 1 / 3
60 or Better 1 / 3
65 or Better 1 / 3
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 36 / 72 TIE
60 or Better 44 / 72 TIE
65 or Better 40 / 72 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade MS68 PCGS grade

Gerald Forsythe Collection

2 MS67+ PCGS grade MS67+ PCGS grade

Legend Rare Coin Auctions 12/2016:57, $14,688

2 MS67+ PCGS grade
2 MS67+ PCGS grade
5 MS67 PCGS grade MS67 PCGS grade
5 MS67 PCGS grade MS67 PCGS grade
5 MS67 PCGS grade
5 MS67 PCGS grade
5 MS67 PCGS grade
5 MS67 PCGS grade
MS68 PCGS grade #1 MS68 PCGS grade

Gerald Forsythe Collection

MS67+ PCGS grade #2 MS67+ PCGS grade

Legend Rare Coin Auctions 12/2016:57, $14,688

#2 MS67+ PCGS grade
#2 MS67+ PCGS grade
MS67 PCGS grade #5 MS67 PCGS grade
MS67 PCGS grade #5 MS67 PCGS grade
#5 MS67 PCGS grade
#5 MS67 PCGS grade
#5 MS67 PCGS grade
#5 MS67 PCGS grade
David Hall:

The 1913-S is the lowest mintage (by a mile) of the three Type I Buffalo nickels and is in fact one of the lower mintages of the entire Buffalo nickel series. It is understandably a tough coin in circulated grades. In mint state condition this issue is more available than its low mintage would suggest. Apparently a good number of Uncirculated examples were saved in the year of issue.

Like most S-mints, the 1913-S is generally not as well struck as the Denver and Philadelphia issues of this year. Though strike is somewhat soft for some examples, the strike of the 1913-S Type I is not nearly as big a problem as it can be for S-mints that follow. Luster is typically satiny, almost matte-like.