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.

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: 11/13/2019

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1918/7 D 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 875 1100 2200 4000 8250 11000 14000 20500 27500 33500 39000 50000 60000 85000 275000 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 55000 - 155000 425000 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 920
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: F
High Grade: 66

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 6/15/2021 1918/7 D 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base726422215013127167121724141461521----920
----------------1-----1
----------1-----------1
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Total726422215013127167121725141461531----922
 1%29%24%16%14%3%2%1%1%2%3%0%0%2%1%2%0%0%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1918/7 D 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base980117313931505230236013910418745144713498851585367592273178849131121434714485202714950775755
10441246143017702735370440024296458048045044522755526387782710270135231439316413300165825679543
000000400242964580480450445227555263877827102701352314393164133001600
000000409444054646489651015297573768528338116911393514439183423976100
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Grade: AU 53
Points: 6405
Owner: AKSHCC
 
Grade: VF 25
Points: 3817
Owner: Black Hawk Collection
 
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