Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 5,337,000
Catalog: KM-133
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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1913 D TYPE 1 5C MS obverse 1913 D TYPE 1 5C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

Despite having a fairly low mintage for a 20th Century minor coin, this issue is common due to the typical hoarding that accompanies any first-year-of-issue type. Adding to the population of Mint State survivors are countless coins put aside by speculators in response to the revised reverse.

Type 1 1913 D nickels are common across all grades through MS 66. The severely eroded and deeply clashed dies so often seen with the Philadelphia coins are not as much of a problem with the Denver edition. In fact, examples from fresh dies are sometimes found with amazingly sharp strikes and make for better type coins overall.

A minor repunched mintmark variety is known for this issue. Examples are also found having the shallowest feather polished off of the die. These "2-feathers" die states are not recognized by NGC, as they are not true varieties.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/9/2015

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1913 D TYPE 1 5C MS
Base $ 15.50 18.50 22.00 31.00 43.00 53.00 58.00 65.00 68.00 75.00 80.00 85.00 130 300 625 2850 36000 - -
$ 48.00 - - - - - - 105 175 370 1025 4550 -

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Total Graded: 2209
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68

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9/9/2004 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2004 September Long Beach Signature Sale #355, 355/Lot# 5830 $833.75
8/14/2007 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2007 August Milwaukee, WI Final Session #445, 445/Lot# 7494 $322.00
12/27/2007 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 207, 213/Lot# 5156 $454.25
5/24/2009 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg May 24-27, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 53/Lot# 408 $483.00
3/25/2012 NGC AU 50   Teletrade Auction 3247, 3247/Lot# 1179 $50.00
12/22/2013 PCGS AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/22/2013, 106/Lot# 123434 $380.00
4/28/2014 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3479, 6028/Lot# 20125 $232.65

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