Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 7,480,000
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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1934 D 5C MS obverse 1934 D 5C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The Great Depression hit the Midwest the hardest, having begun there a year or two earlier than in the rest of the nation. As this region was served by the Denver Mint, the coining of nickels was suspended there from 1930 through mid-1934.

Mint State pieces exist in sufficient numbers from the many rolls put away at the time of issue, but the quality of these coins is often less than ideal. While most are lustrous, a great many have poor strikes affecting the centers of both sides. Such incomplete striking reveals the many contact marks present on the planchets prior to coining. Fuller strikes would eradicate these flaws, yet they remain to affect a coin's certified grade. Thus, gems of this issue are a bit scarce.

Most 1934 D nickels display the Large D mintmark introduced with the cents of 1933. Perhaps only one or two dies utilized the Small D mintmark which had appeared since 1917. Though now reasonably well known, these varieties have not attracted much interest. The same may be said for the a repunched mintmark die several doubled-die varieties, all of them quite minor.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/10/2015

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1934 D 5C MS
Base $ 1.65 2.75 4.75 9.75 22.00 46.00 50.00 55.00 62.00 88.00 95.00 135 235 585 3750 - - - -
$ - - - - - - 105 145 485 750 16500 - -

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Total Graded: 1188
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 66

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1/8/2003 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2003, Orlando, FL. (FUN) Signature Sale #308, 308/Lot# 6229 $747.50
9/2/2007 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 2416, 2416/Lot# 1179 $212.80
9/27/2007 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2007 September Long Beach, CA Signature Coin Auction #446, 446/Lot# 765 $2,760.00
1/30/2011 NGC MS 64   Goldberg January 30 - February 3, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 62/Lot# 1262 $149.50
4/22/2012 NGC Details VF Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/22/2012, 19/Lot# 36383 $11.00
1/1/2013 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The January 2013 Americana Sale, 180/Lot# 13293 $39,950.00
3/9/2014 PCGS MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 794, 803/Lot# 488 $115.00
9/7/2014 NGC MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/07/2014, 191/Lot# 218802 $189.00

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