Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 4,156,000
Catalog: KM-134
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 2 5C MS obverse 1913 D TYPE 2 5C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The mintage of Type 2 nickels at Denver was only slightly smaller than its Type 1 production, but there existed no incentive to hoard these coins. The public was under the erroneous impression that the earlier type would be withdrawn and took no interest in the revised design. Thus, this issue is elusive across all grades and has long been perceived as a semi-key in this very popular coin series.

Gems are quite scarce, due both to the overall smaller number of Mint State survivors and the generally poorer quality of 1913 D Type nickels as made. Weak strikes and worn dies are more often seen than for the Type 1 edition.

No varieties have been reported for this issue.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/1/2015

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1913 D TYPE 2 5C MS
Base $ 115 130 160 190 220 250 255 265 290 305 315 325 425 635 1400 2750 18000 34500 - -
$ - - - - - - - 350 475 835 1850 4000 23000 -

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Total Graded: 1331
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 68

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12/6/2007 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 201, 207/Lot# 5125 $546.25
2/28/2011 PCGS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 3022, 3022/Lot# 1284 $218.50
5/29/2011 PCGS AU 53   Goldberg May 29 - June 1, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction of US, World Coins and Currency, 63/Lot# 180 $218.50
11/7/2011 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2011 November 7-9 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(4), 1161/Lot# 7470 $287.50
5/5/2014 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3480, 6029/Lot# 20071 $209.15
8/31/2014 PCGS F 15   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/31/2014, 189/Lot# 216577 $117.00
9/26/2014 PCGS AU 55   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3501, 6055/Lot# 20053 $217.38
11/29/2015 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131549/Lot# 23445 $235.00
7/3/2016 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131628/Lot# 23873 $199.75

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