Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 5,638,000
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
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1926 D 5C MS obverse 1926 D 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Decades ago, when there was little in print about the striking quality of coins, the 1926 D nickel was already being cited as an issue often found poorly struck. This is certainly true, though it is no more problematic than many of the mintmarked nickels of the 1920s.

Perhaps what brought this particular entry to the forefront is the fact that a disproportionate number survive in Mint State. There were several rolls of this and other D-Mint nickels coming onto the market in the 1930s, due to the fact that a recovering economy finally emptied vaults of coins not needed immediately when they were minted. The Midwestern region served by the Denver Mint entered recession before the rest of the nation, and certain coins of the late 1920s sat idle for several years awaiting better times. The 1926 D nickels were among these latecomers. Though relatively plentiful, precious few of these Mint State coins qualify as gems.

Since it was the reverse die most often overused, many of this issue had little or no detail in the bison's head as made. This makes the grading of circulated pieces quite challenging, as it's possible to find lustrous, nearly unworn coins that have no definition to the bison's horn.

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Last Updated: 4/3/2014

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1926 D 5C MS
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Base $ 10.00 19.00 33.00 95.00 190 190 310 320 330 345 365 380 425 515 1800 4850 13000 27500 - - -
$ 225 320 330 340 360 375 400 445 825 2650 5750 19000 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 832
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67


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8/21/2000 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 1349, 1349/Lot# 1098 $348.80
8/13/2006 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2006 August Denver, CO Signature & Platinum Night Auction #414, 414/Lot# 5091 $12,650.00
12/26/2006 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 119, 124/Lot# 304 $431.25
2/1/2009 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg February 1-4, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 51/Lot# 792 $1,092.50
11/9/2010 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Online Session, 69/Lot# 10444 $121.90
6/10/2012 PCGS Genuine F   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/10/2012, 26/Lot# 54562 $8.00
7/7/2013 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131329/Lot# 20739 $364.25
12/22/2013 PCGS VF 30   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131353/Lot# 28386 $82.00


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