Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 8,362,000
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 D 5C MS obverse 1918 D 5C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Despite a fairly high mintage for a D-Mint nickel of the time, 1918 D is rather scarce in Mint State. Those which have survived are typically of poor quality. Weak strikes from moderately to heavily worn dies are the norm. Circulated examples are likewise scarce, due primarily to this coin type's shallow, exposed dates that wore away within 15-20 years.

There's a nice repunched mintmark variety for 1918 D, but it's hard to make out on a worn coin. Far better known and more popular is the overdate (see next entry).

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/15/2019

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1918 D 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 37.00 63.00 105 135 255 310 340 420 505 550 585 725 1060 1310 3125 7700 45000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 780 1150 2150 4400 12350 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 841
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 66

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 7/16/2019 1918 D 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base43439611584045221939523138078125245----841
---------------11-----2
---------------2------2
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Total43439611584045221939523138078128255----845
 0 %4 %5 %7 %19 %5 %5 %3 %2 %5 %6 %0 %2 %9 %9 %15 %3 %1 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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Price
12/6/1999 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1244, 1244/Lot# 1102 $1,080.00
2/24/2003 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg February 24-25, 2003 Coin Auction, 17/Lot# 242 $9,200.00
1/5/2011 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(2), 1151/Lot# 4421 $1,265.00
8/11/2013 PCGS MS 60   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 764, 773/Lot# 561 $425.00
9/7/2014 NGC XF 40   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/07/2014, 191/Lot# 202372 $175.00
4/26/2015 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131518/Lot# 21076 $258.50
8/11/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA, 6104/Lot# 235 $3,525.00
9/25/2016 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131640/Lot# 21108 $293.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1918 5C MS D
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base123163212272463695745856908100510951138120613751821219735454669923486442377541392
136179232336540712782873940103511091161126215241946264639206191923413688296470
00000078287394010351109116112621524194626463920619192341368800
00000081989197310651124118313191672207230964294771292341873100
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 1005
Owner: BankNote1
 
Grade: XF 45
Points: 745
Owner: 123cents
 
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