Owner's Comments


Expert Comments

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.

21.20 millimeters
James Earle Fraser
5.00 grams
Metal Content
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
The United States of America
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Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
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Rarity and Survival Estimates

65 or Better 10000 R-3.0 1 / 3 36 / 72 TIE
All Grades 3000 R-4.4 1 / 3 44 / 72 TIE
60 or Better 800 R-5.4 1 / 3 40 / 72 TIE

Condition Census

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

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2 MS67+ PCGS grade MS67+ PCGS grade

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2 MS67+ PCGS grade MS67+ PCGS grade
2 MS67+ PCGS grade
5 MS67 PCGS grade MS67 PCGS grade