Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 4,450,000
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
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1925 D 5C MS obverse 1925 D 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

1925 was a year in which it seems that none of the mints was committed to making good nickels. The Denver Mint edition is usually found poorly struck on all high points, with the first two numerals of the date being particularly deficient. Weakness on the bison's forehead and horn are also common.

As is the case with so many nickels of the 1920s, the reverse dies are more likely to be found heavily worn and eroded, since these could be carried forth to the following year and used until they failed completely. Even some Mint State coins have indistinguishable mintmarks, so heavy is the die erosion. Such coins are not certified by NGC.

The strong prices across all grades for 1925 D nickels reflects both the popularity of this series and the difficulty in finding a nice example of this particular issue. Denver Mint coins never enjoyed the mystique of those from San Francisco, and there was no widespread hoarding of this issue from circulation.

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Last Updated: 4/3/2014

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1925 D 5C MS
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Base $ 11.00 23.00 38.00 80.00 180 180 245 265 285 385 440 485 620 825 1550 5100 21500 - - - -
$ 210 260 280 325 425 475 535 700 960 2500 6900 34500 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 766
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66


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10/3/2005 NGC VF 20   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #56, 61/Lot# 226 $80.50
11/3/2005 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2005 November Dallas, TX Signature Auction #388, 388/Lot# 703 $1,207.50
1/29/2012 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 2400 $1,020.00
8/5/2012 PCGS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 3323, 3323/Lot# 1301 $100.00
1/1/2013 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers The January 2013 Americana Sale, 180/Lot# 13142 $19,975.00
9/22/2013 NGC MS 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/22/2013, 93/Lot# 137055 $10,675.01
4/20/2014 PCGS MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 800, 809/Lot# 764 $4,050.00
6/3/2014 PCGS AU 53   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 3708 $217.38


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