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: 9/2/2015

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1925 D 5C MS
Base $ 11.00 23.00 38.00 80.00 165 255 275 300 400 525 620 825 1575 4600 18500 - - - -
$ 190 - - - - - 700 960 2200 7150 - - -

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Total Graded: 779
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66

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Auction Prices Realized

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1/19/2000 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1261, 1261/Lot# 1173 $790.25
10/15/2007 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 186, 192/Lot# 186 $4,496.50
2/3/2013 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg February 3-6, 2013 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 72/Lot# 1191 $7,475.00
3/9/2014 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131411/Lot# 20593 $155.10
6/4/2014 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 4 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1206/Lot# 3450 $3,290.00
6/8/2014 PCGS AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/08/2014, 202/Lot# 179031 $205.70
6/3/2014 PCGS AU 53   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 3708 $217.38
4/22/2015 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(7), 1219/Lot# 7451 $646.25

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1925 D 5C MS
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 2161
Grade: MS 63
Points: 1531
Owner: Jason Colinger
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