Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 5,337,000
Catalog: KM-133
Obverse Designer: James Earle Fraser
Reverse Designer: James Earle Fraser
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5.0000g
Diameter: 21.2mm
Edge: Plain
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1913 D TYPE 1 5C MS obverse 1913 D TYPE 1 5C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

Despite having a fairly low mintage for a 20th Century minor coin, this issue is common due to the typical hoarding that accompanies any first-year-of-issue type. Adding to the population of Mint State survivors are countless coins put aside by speculators in response to the revised reverse.

Type 1 1913 D nickels are common across all grades through MS 66. The severely eroded and deeply clashed dies so often seen with the Philadelphia coins are not as much of a problem with the Denver edition. In fact, examples from fresh dies are sometimes found with amazingly sharp strikes and make for better type coins overall.

A minor repunched mintmark variety is known for this issue. Examples are also found having the shallowest feather polished off of the die. These "2-feathers" die states are not recognized by NGC, as they are not true varieties.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/9/2015

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1913 D TYPE 1 5C MS
Base $ 15.50 18.50 22.00 31.00 43.00 53.00 58.00 65.00 68.00 72.00 75.00 80.00 85.00 130 300 625 2850 36000 - -
$ 48.00 - - - - - - - 105 175 370 1025 4550 -

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Total Graded: 2281
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68

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9/4/2000 NGC MS 67   Teletrade Auction 1353, 1353/Lot# 1124 $1,782.00
10/11/2004 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 1947, 1947/Lot# 1142 $88.00
6/4/2006 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #66062, 66062/Lot# 24306 $48.00
12/4/2007 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2007 December Dallas, TX US Coin Final Session #371, 371/Lot# 67180 $517.50
4/22/2012 NGC AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/22/2012, 19/Lot# 48266 $43.99
1/20/2013 PCGS MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 735, 744/Lot# 1032 $130.00
2/3/2013 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg February 3-6, 2013 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 72/Lot# 1150 $719.00
8/18/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA, 6104/Lot# 42242 $587.50

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