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SERIES: Buffalo Five Cents 1913-1938
LEVEL: Minor Variety or Die Variety

1913 5C Type 1 3-1/2 Legs FS-901 (FS-014.85) (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS64

FORELEG COMPARISON

PCGS MS63+
PCGS #:
38428
Diameter:
21.20 millimeters
Designer:
James Earle Fraser
Weight:
5.00 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
30,992,000
Metal Content:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Auction Record:
$47,438 • NGC MS65 • 8-18-2004 • Heritage
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Condition Census (Explain)
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade
1 MS64 PCGS grade  

Bowers & Merena 8/2003:3397, $19,550 - Heritage 4/2009:1124, $10,350 - Heritage 1/2017:3576, not sold

3 MS63+ PCGS grade
4 MS63 PCGS grade  

Heritage 9/2016:7331, $4,230

Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade
1 MS64 PCGS grade  

Bowers & Merena 8/2003:3397, $19,550 - Heritage 4/2009:1124, $10,350 - Heritage 1/2017:3576, not sold

3 MS63+ PCGS grade
4 MS63 PCGS grade  

Heritage 9/2016:7331, $4,230

Ron Guth: The 1913 3-1/2 Legged Buffalo Nickel (Type 1) is similar to the 1937-D Three-Legged Buffalo Nickel in that excessive polishing of the dies resulted in the removal of portions of the front leg. On the 1913 3-1/2 Nickel, much of the front leg is missing, but it has not been completely effaced as on the 1937-D Three-Legged.  This is a rare variety that has proven to be difficult to find in most grades.  In a dramatic entrance, a PCGS MS64 splashed onto the market in 2003 and sold for $19,550 at auction.  A year later, an NGC MS65 sold at auction for $47,437.50.  In early 2017, PCGS certified an MS66 example which has yet to come to market (as of 2/2017).