Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 4,156,000
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
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1913 D TYPE 2 5C MS obverse 1913 D TYPE 2 5C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The mintage of Type 2 nickels at Denver was only slightly smaller than its Type 1 production, but there existed no incentive to hoard these coins. The public was under the erroneous impression that the earlier type would be withdrawn and took no interest in the revised design. Thus, this issue is elusive across all grades and has long been perceived as a semi-key in this very popular coin series.

Gems are quite scarce, due both to the overall smaller number of Mint State survivors and the generally poorer quality of 1913 D Type nickels as made. Weak strikes and worn dies are more often seen than for the Type 1 edition.

No varieties have been reported for this issue.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/1/2015

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1913 D TYPE 2 5C MS
Base $ 115 130 160 190 220 250 255 265 290 315 325 425 635 1400 2750 18000 34500 - -
$ - - - - - - 350 475 835 1850 4000 23000 -

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Total Graded: 1259
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 68

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2/28/2000 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 1277, 1277/Lot# 1175 $626.75
5/25/2008 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 3842 $1,207.50
1/5/2011 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(2), 1151/Lot# 4399 $1,610.00
10/18/2012 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(5), 1175/Lot# 7930 $499.38
3/3/2013 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131311/Lot# 24583 $159.80
5/26/2013 NGC VG 8   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/26/2013, 76/Lot# 94181 $110.00
3/23/2014 PCGS MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 796, 805/Lot# 744 $350.00
10/10/2014 PCGS VF 30   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 14603 $146.88

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