Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 35,565,100
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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1925 5C MS obverse 1925 5C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

James E. Fraser's splendid design suffered its worst year in 1925, as the Mint's Engraving Department couldn't even create an obverse master die that didn't have problems. In addition to lacking sharp definition, this master was also slightly doubled at the left hair ribbon. This feature transferred to all working hubs and dies for all three mints.

The Philadelphia Mint edition of the 1925 nickel is certainly the best of the three, but it is never quite fully struck. All pieces have an overall softness on the obverse in particular, with the first two numerals of the date being less than fully raised on most coins. Luster is also a bit disappointing on 1925(P) nickels--frosty, but a bit subdued.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/27/2019

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1925 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 3.25 4.25 5.00 12.50 21.00 30.00 32.00 35.00 37.00 45.00 55.00 70.00 130 185 310 605 5000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 145 210 460 1100 18500 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1053
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

The chart showing G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1925 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-12482534925-5741354142291249---1053
--------------1152----9
---------------2-41---7
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Total-12482534925-57413641723413010---1069
 -0 %0 %0 %1 %0 %0 %0 %0 %1 %2 %-0 %7 %13 %39 %22 %12 %1 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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5/13/2003 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #23053, 23053/Lot# 13101 $143.75
9/23/2007 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 1210 $408.00
7/13/2009 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 392, 398/Lot# 177 $89.70
9/15/2010 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 2926, 2926/Lot# 1149 $195.50
7/22/2012 NGC MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/22/2012, 32/Lot# 58985 $265.09
8/30/2013 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 4314 $218.55
11/10/2013 PCGS MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/10/2013, 100/Lot# 148521 $115.50
7/12/2015 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131529/Lot# 25614 $79.00
10/31/2016 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2016 October 31 - November 2 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1241/Lot# 7256 $646.25


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