Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 35,565,100
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 5C MS obverse 1925 5C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

James E. Fraser's splendid design suffered its worst year in 1925, as the Mint's Engraving Department couldn't even create an obverse master die that didn't have problems. In addition to lacking sharp definition, this master was also slightly doubled at the left hair ribbon. This feature transferred to all working hubs and dies for all three mints.

The Philadelphia Mint edition of the 1925 nickel is certainly the best of the three, but it is never quite fully struck. All pieces have an overall softness on the obverse in particular, with the first two numerals of the date being less than fully raised on most coins. Luster is also a bit disappointing on 1925(P) nickels--frosty, but a bit subdued. The example illustrated is about as good as this issue comes.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/19/2015

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1925 5C MS
Base $ 3.00 3.75 4.50 9.00 18.50 28.00 30.00 33.00 38.00 50.00 65.00 120 200 425 800 9900 - - -
$ - - - - - - 75.00 140 235 525 1450 - -

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Total Graded: 981
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

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