Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Denver
Catalog: KM-134
Obverse Designer: James Earle Fraser
Reverse Designer: James Earle Fraser
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5.0000g
Diameter: 21.2mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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: 6/21/2016

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1918/7 D 5C MS
Base $ 1150 1600 2700 4900 9250 12750 16500 24000 29500 35000 37500 48000 65000 87500 265000 - - - - -
$ 10000 - - - 33500 - - 53500 - 161000 - - - -

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Total Graded: 813
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: F
High Grade: 66

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10/25/2009 PCGS F 15   Teletrade Auction 2762, 2762/Lot# 1379 $3,105.00
9/2/2012 PCGS VG 8   Goldberg September 2-5, 2012 The September 2-5, 2012, 70/Lot# 1296 $1,265.00
9/25/2013 PCGS F 12   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1189/Lot# 3272 $2,115.00
6/27/2014 NGC   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 1288 $2,585.00
7/13/2014 NGC XF 40   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 812, 821/Lot# 45 $7,000.00
10/12/2014 PCGS G 4   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 171576 $825.00
9/9/2016 PCGS VG 10   Heritage Auctions 2016 September 9 - 12 The Twelve Oaks Collection Signature Auction Session(1), 1244/Lot# 13015 $1,116.25

NGC Registry

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