Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 5,337,000
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: 1/17/2017

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1913 D TYPE 1 5C MS
Base $ 16.00 19.00 22.00 32.00 43.00 53.00 58.00 65.00 70.00 73.00 75.00 80.00 90.00 140 290 650 2600 37500 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 155 340 880 3900 -

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Total Graded: 2314
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68

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8/8/2005 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #48, 53/Lot# 238 $92.00
1/23/2006 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 2149, 2149/Lot# 1101 $268.80
2/11/2007 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 1162 $345.00
10/28/2012 PCGS AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/28/2012, 46/Lot# 80661 $62.70
6/1/2014 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131423/Lot# 24670 $61.00
8/29/2014 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3497, 6051/Lot# 22041 $99.88
3/31/2015 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 32644 $193.88
4/24/2016 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131618/Lot# 21587 $117.50
4/4/2017 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2017 April 4 - 6 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(5), 1253/Lot# 17347 $564.00

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