Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 7,569,500
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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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: 5/18/2015

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1915 D 5C MS
Base $ 20.00 32.00 40.00 70.00 130 155 170 190 215 245 265 305 355 625 1775 5100 15000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 440 950 2500 7475 - -

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Total Graded: 1036
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67

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2/22/2001 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2001 February Long Beach Signature Sale #248, 248/Lot# 5590 $3,795.00
7/13/2003 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1751, 1751/Lot# 1022 $467.50
4/1/2006 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Continuous Internet Auction #66042, 66042/Lot# 23037 $474.95
5/25/2008 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 3849 $529.00
2/3/2010 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2010 February Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1137, 1137/Lot# 260 $2,070.00
3/3/2013 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 741, 750/Lot# 40 $190.00
7/27/2013 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 30294 $376.00
10/12/2014 PCGS VF 20   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 224080 $22.00

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