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
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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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Price Guide

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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5/1/2006 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 85: Chi Yin Collection, 90/Lot# 28 $10,580.00
4/9/2007 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2007 Dallas, TX Signature Coin Auction #450, 450/Lot# 442 $4,025.00
5/25/2008 NGC MS 65   Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 3878 $5,750.00
2/26/2012 NGC Details VG Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/26/2012, 9/Lot# 36323 $17.00
7/15/2012 NGC VF 25   Teletrade Auction 3311, 3311/Lot# 1741 $50.00
2/22/2013 PCGS VF 20   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 6871 $54.05
9/25/2013 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(7), 1189/Lot# 7510 $305.50


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