Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 7,480,000
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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1934 D 5C MS obverse 1934 D 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The Great Depression hit the Midwest the hardest, having begun there a year or two earlier than in the rest of the nation. As this region was served by the Denver Mint, the coining of nickels was suspended there from 1930 through mid-1934.

Mint State pieces exist in sufficient numbers from the many rolls put away at the time of issue, but the quality of these coins is often less than ideal. While most are lustrous, a great many have poor strikes affecting the centers of both sides. Such incomplete striking reveals the many contact marks present on the planchets prior to coining. Fuller strikes would eradicate these flaws, yet they remain to affect a coin's certified grade. Thus, gems of this issue are a bit scarce.

Most 1934 D nickels display the Large D mintmark introduced with the cents of 1933. Perhaps only one or two dies utilized the Small D mintmark which had appeared since 1917. Though now reasonably well known, these varieties have not attracted much interest. The same may be said for the a repunched mintmark die several doubled-die varieties, all of them quite minor.

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1934 D 5C MS
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Base $ 1.65 2.75 4.75 9.75 22.00 22.00 46.00 50.00 55.00 62.00 80.00 88.00 95.00 125 235 550 2800 - - - -
$ - 50.00 55.00 60.00 67.00 88.00 95.00 105 140 385 700 5500 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1163
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 66


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11/16/2000 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2000 Santa Clara Sale #242, 242/Lot# 6802 $1,610.00
5/26/2003 NGC MS 62   Teletrade Auction 1729, 1729/Lot# 1081 $66.00
6/2/2010 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2010 June Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1140, 1140/Lot# 434 $1,955.00
1/1/2013 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The January 2013 Americana Sale, 180/Lot# 13293 $39,950.00
9/25/2013 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 1380 $1,380.00
2/2/2014 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/02/2014, 177/Lot# 166380 $79.20
3/16/2014 PCGS MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 795, 804/Lot# 65 $115.00


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