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SERIES: Buffalo Five Cents 1913-1937
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1913 5C Type 1 (Proof)

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PCGS PR68

PCGS PR68

PCGS PR67+
PCGS #:
3988
Diameter:
21.20 millimeters
Designer:
James Earle Fraser
Weight:
5.00 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
1,520
Metal Content:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Auction Record:
$75,900 • PCGS PR68 • 8-12-2005 • Bowers & Merena
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
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
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR68 PCGS grade
1 PR68 PCGS grade  
1 PR68 PCGS grade  
4 PR67+ PCGS grade
4 PR67+ PCGS grade
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR68 PCGS grade
1 PR68 PCGS grade  
1 PR68 PCGS grade  
4 PR67+ PCGS grade
4 PR67+ PCGS grade
4 PR67+ PCGS grade  
7 PR67 PCGS grade
7 PR67 PCGS grade
7 PR67 PCGS grade
7 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.