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: 6/14/2019

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1915 D 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 30.50 40.50 47.50 78.00 135 145 155 170 200 245 260 290 370 600 1850 4325 13750 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 825 - 7850 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1141
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: 7/16/2019 1915 D 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-9101868234819297119344316815819768132---1141
---------------11-----2
---------------1------1
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Total-9101868234819297119344316815819969132---1144
 -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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4/8/1996 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 0830, 830/Lot# 277 $1,944.00
7/1/2012 NGC Details XF Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/01/2012, 29/Lot# 57243 $42.00
8/2/2012 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(5), 1173/Lot# 7545 $182.13
1/5/2014 PCGS MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 785, 794/Lot# 569 $2,625.00
4/1/2014 PCGS AU 58   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 7539 $235.00
9/22/2014 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 1309 $3,220.00
10/12/2014 PCGS F 15   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 224373 $30.00
6/11/2017 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131725/Lot# 25048 $305.50


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