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: 859
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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9/6/2004 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 557 $1,380.00
7/5/2009 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 2714, 2714/Lot# 1369 $391.00
11/9/2010 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Online Session, 69/Lot# 10444 $121.90
7/12/2012 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1172/Lot# 7740 $253.00
1/9/2013 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1181/Lot# 9219 $246.75
1/26/2014 PCGS MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 788, 797/Lot# 591 $450.00
7/6/2014 NGC VF 30   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 202369 $100.00
1/29/2015 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 29 - February 1 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1217/Lot# 3606 $1,410.00

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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