Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 35,565,100
Catalog: KM-134
Obverse Designer: James Earle Fraser
Reverse Designer: James Earle Fraser
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5.00 Grams
Diameter: 21.2mm
Edge: Plain
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1925 5C MS obverse 1925 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

James E. Fraser's splendid design suffered its worst year in 1925, as the Mint's Engraving Department couldn't even create an obverse master die that didn't have problems. In addition to lacking sharp definition, this master was also slightly doubled at the left hair ribbon. This feature transferred to all working hubs and dies for all three mints.

The Philadelphia Mint edition of the 1925 nickel is certainly the best of the three, but it is never quite fully struck. All pieces have an overall softness on the obverse in particular, with the first two numerals of the date being less than fully raised on most coins. Luster is also a bit disappointing on 1925(P) nickels--frosty, but a bit subdued. The example illustrated is about as good as this issue comes.

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Last Updated: 4/3/2014

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1925 5C MS
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Base $ 3.00 3.75 4.50 9.00 18.50 18.50 28.00 30.00 33.00 38.00 45.00 50.00 65.00 120 190 410 740 11000 - - -
$ - 30.00 32.00 36.00 42.00 50.00 55.00 75.00 140 225 525 1625 27500 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 930
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


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4/25/2005 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Richmond Sale, Internet-Only Auction, 40/Lot# 276 $178.25
12/11/2005 PCGS MS 66   Teletrade Auction 2129, 2129/Lot# 1149 $1,288.00
5/25/2008 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 3877 $483.00
3/24/2010 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2010 March Fort Worth, TX Signature ANA US Coin Auction #1138, 1138/Lot# 7684 $373.75
6/10/2012 PCGS XF 40   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/10/2012, 26/Lot# 54561 $45.99
5/13/2013 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 3430, 3430/Lot# 1193 $120.00
8/30/2013 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 4314 $218.55


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