Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 5,638,000
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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1926 D 5C MS obverse 1926 D 5C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

Decades ago, when there was little in print about the striking quality of coins, the 1926 D nickel was already being cited as an issue often found poorly struck. This is certainly true, though it is no more problematic than many of the mintmarked nickels of the 1920s.

Perhaps what brought this particular entry to the forefront is the fact that a disproportionate number survive in Mint State. There were several rolls of this and other D-Mint nickels coming onto the market in the 1930s, due to the fact that a recovering economy finally emptied vaults of coins not needed immediately when they were minted. The Midwestern region served by the Denver Mint entered recession before the rest of the nation, and certain coins of the late 1920s sat idle for several years awaiting better times. The 1926 D nickels were among these latecomers. Though relatively plentiful, precious few of these Mint State coins qualify as gems.

Since it was the reverse die most often overused, many of this issue had little or no detail in the bison's head as made. This makes the grading of circulated pieces quite challenging, as it's possible to find lustrous, nearly unworn coins that have no definition to the bison's horn.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/2/2015

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1926 D 5C MS
Base $ 10.00 19.00 33.00 95.00 190 265 285 315 360 390 420 500 1725 5100 11750 27500 - - -
$ 225 - - - - - - 625 2450 6850 19850 - -

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Total Graded: 856
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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3/13/1999 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 1999 Mid Winter ANA Signature Sale #199, 199/Lot# 6273 $195.50
3/9/2005 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 2011, 2011/Lot# 1098 $418.00
9/13/2007 NGC F 15   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 177, 183/Lot# 5320 $57.50
1/26/2014 NGC VF 35   Goldberg January 26-28, 2014 January Pre-Long Beach Sale 17.5% BP, 78/Lot# 1032 $76.00
7/6/2014 NGC VF 30   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 202369 $100.00
3/31/2015 PCGS MS 63   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 32717 $353.68
9/6/2015 PCGS VF 25   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131537/Lot# 25565 $69.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1926 D 5C MS
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 2335
Grade: MS 63
Points: 1159
Owner: MarkPaul
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