Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Denver
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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1918/7 D 5C MS obverse 1918/7 D 5C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The creation of a working die for the coin press required that the awaiting die be impressed at least twice from a working hub, with the die being annealed (softened) between impressions. On this obverse die two hubs bearing different dates were used, and it's presumed that the 1918 hubbing came last, as this date is more deeply impressed into the die. The die was then shipped to the Denver Mint, where it was used for an unknown number of overdated nickels.

This is by far the most desirable variety in the Buffalo Nickel series, though certainly not the most rare. The first recorded sale was an auction appearance in 1930, and the variety may have been unknown before that time. This would certainly explain the rarity of Mint State pieces, as the window for saving these had long been closed.

Mint State survivors are rare, gems being extremely so. Most share the usual problems of poor striking and worn dies associated with 1918 D nickels in general. As this particular obverse die wore, it developed a die crack extending from the Indian's hair just above the knot and onto his cheek (it is barely visible on the specimen illustrated).

Circulated examples are not truly rare, but thousands were likely rendered dateless through wear. Some of these have been recovered through the application of an acid that leaves the affected area etched but the date barely readable. Such coins have value, but they are not numerically gradeable.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/17/2017

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1918/7 D 5C MS
Base $ 1050 1700 2600 4750 9500 12000 16000 22750 28500 33500 39000 47000 62500 85000 290000 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 53500 - 170000 - - - -

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Total Graded: 844
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: F
High Grade: 66

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Auction Prices Realized

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2/18/2013 NGC G 6   Teletrade Auction 3418, 3418/Lot# 1715 $875.00
7/27/2013 NGC VF 20   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 1674 $1,880.00
9/22/2013 PCGS Genuine VG   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/22/2013, 93/Lot# 138889 $516.99
12/22/2013 NGC XF 40   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 783, 792/Lot# 829 $6,612.00
9/22/2014 NGC VG 10   Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 624 $1,438.00
11/6/2014 PCGS VG 10   Heritage Auctions 2014 November 6 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(1), 1211/Lot# 3272 $1,410.00
8/10/2016 NGC VG 8   Heritage Auctions 2016 August 10 - 14 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Anaheim Session(1), 1238/Lot# 3458 $822.50

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1918/7 5C MS D
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Grade: XF 40
Points: 3601
Owner: JTO
Grade: VG 10
Points: 2197
Owner: BankNote1
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