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: 1193
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 66

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11/9/1999 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #19112, 19112/Lot# 4067 $466.00
1/5/2011 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(6), 1151/Lot# 9962 $299.00
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
6/10/2012 PCGS Genuine XF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/10/2012, 26/Lot# 54571 $8.01
7/8/2012 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 3307, 3307/Lot# 1266 $95.00
2/23/2014 PCGS MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 792, 801/Lot# 463 $245.00
6/9/2014 PCGS MS 63   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3485, 6034/Lot# 20166 $88.13
10/25/2015 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131544/Lot# 21103 $146.88

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