Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Denver
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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1918/7 D 5C MS obverse 1918/7 D 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The creation of a working die for the coin press required that the awaiting die be impressed at least twice from a working hub, with the die being annealed (softened) between impressions. On this obverse die two hubs bearing different dates were used, and it's presumed that the 1918 hubbing came last, as this date is more deeply impressed into the die. The die was then shipped to the Denver Mint, where it was used for an unknown number of overdated nickels.

This is by far the most desirable variety in the Buffalo Nickel series, though certainly not the most rare. The first recorded sale was an auction appearance in 1930, and the variety may have been unknown before that time. This would certainly explain the rarity of Mint State pieces, as the window for saving these had long been closed.

Mint State survivors are rare, gems being extremely so. Most share the usual problems of poor striking and worn dies associated with 1918 D nickels in general. As this particular obverse die wore, it developed a die crack extending from the Indian's hair just above the knot and onto his cheek (it is barely visible on the specimen illustrated).

Circulated examples are not truly rare, but thousands were likely rendered dateless through wear. Some of these have been recovered through the application of an acid that leaves the affected area etched but the date barely readable. Such coins have value, but they are not numerically gradeable.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/3/2014

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1918/7 D 5C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1075 1600 2750 5000 9100 9100 12000 16500 22500 29500 34500 37500 49500 62500 87500 265000 - - - - -
$ 10000 15000 18500 25300 31500 36000 40000 54000 67500 161000 325000 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 725
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: F
High Grade: 66


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2/11/2007 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 1194 $43,200.00
2/6/2008 PCGS F 15   Teletrade Auction 2486, 2486/Lot# 1094 $2,912.00
6/26/2008 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2008 June West Palm Beach, FL (Summer FUN) Signature Coin Auction #1110, 1110/Lot# 426 $7,762.50
8/7/2010 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The August 2010 Boston Rarities Sale, 34/Lot# 292 $20,125.00
11/29/2012 PCGS G 4   Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(2), 1177/Lot# 3900 $822.50
1/8/2014 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1201/Lot# 5166 $49,937.50
7/6/2014 PCGS   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 205823 $1,675.00
7/13/2014 NGC XF 40   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 812, 821/Lot# 45 $7,000.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1918/7 D 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base980117313931505230236013910418745144713498851585367592273178849131121434714485202714950775755
1044124614301770273537044002429645804804504452275552638778271027013523143931641330016582560
000000400242964580480450445227555263877827102701352314393164133001600
000000409444054646489651015297573768528338116911393514439183423976100
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Grade: VG 10
Points: 1393
Owner: BankNote1
 
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