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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Last Updated: 4/24/2017

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1925 5C MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1011
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


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5/27/2007 NGC MS 65   Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 303 $368.00
9/15/2010 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 2926, 2926/Lot# 1149 $195.50
1/5/2011 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(6), 1151/Lot# 9908 $431.25
7/22/2012 NGC MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/22/2012, 32/Lot# 58985 $265.09
1/20/2013 PCGS AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 735, 744/Lot# 1066 $76.00
8/30/2013 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 4314 $218.55
11/6/2014 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 November 6 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(5), 1211/Lot# 7414 $329.00
12/28/2014 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131501/Lot# 21319 $376.00


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