Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 7,569,500
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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1915 D 5C MS obverse 1915 D 5C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

1915 D nickels are moderately scarce in the higher circulated grades and all levels of Mint State. Gems are seldom seen, and many are less than fully struck.

It was around this time that die cracks became so common on Denver Mint coins, and this problem persisted through the late 1920s. It's unknown whether such cracks resulted from improper hardening of the dies or some other technical cause, but they are far more common on D Mint coins than those of the other mints.

A bold repunched mintmark variety is known for 1915 D, one of the nicest for the entire series.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/20/2019

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1915 D 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 30.00 40.00 45.00 80.00 135 145 155 170 200 260 275 290 370 600 1700 3500 13750 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 825 - 7850 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1152
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67

The chart showing G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1915 D 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-9101870234820317119544317015819769142---1152
---------------11-----2
---------------1------1
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Total-9101870234820317119544317015819970142---1155
 -1 %1 %2 %6 %2 %4 %2 %3 %6 %17 %0 %4 %15 %14 %17 %6 %1 %0 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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Price
3/11/2008 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2008 March OnLine Coin Auction #1103 #1103, 1103/Lot# 7243 $460.00
9/1/2008 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 279, 285/Lot# 250 $460.00
1/9/2011 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 211013/Lot# 24055 $138.00
6/10/2012 PCGS VF 25   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/10/2012, 26/Lot# 54603 $41.85
2/3/2013 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg February 3-6, 2013 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 72/Lot# 1163 $2,875.00
2/18/2013 NGC MS 62   Teletrade Auction 3418, 3418/Lot# 1705 $220.00
6/8/2014 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131424/Lot# 26073 $170.38
8/18/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA, 6104/Lot# 42256 $646.25


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