Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 4,450,000
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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1925 D 5C MS obverse 1925 D 5C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

1925 was a year in which it seems that none of the mints were committed to making good nickels. The Denver Mint edition is usually found poorly struck on all high points, with the first two numerals of the date being particularly deficient. Weakness on the bison's forehead and horn are also common.

As is the case with so many nickels of the 1920s, the reverse dies are more likely to be found heavily worn and eroded, since these could be carried forth to the following year and used until they failed completely. Even some Mint State coins have indistinguishable mintmarks, so heavy is the die erosion. Such coins are not certified by NGC.

The strong prices across all grades for 1925 D nickels reflects both the popularity of this series and the difficulty in finding a nice example of this particular issue. Denver Mint coins never enjoyed the mystique of those from San Francisco, and there was no widespread hoarding of this issue from circulation.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/27/2019

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1925 D 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 15.50 27.00 50.00 100.00 180 250 270 320 420 480 540 585 1050 1310 3425 12100 - - - -
$ - - - - 420 - - - 1100 2025 6150 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 861
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 58
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 D 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-41754128352211919511148010425048131---861
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Total-41754128352211919511148010525249131---865
 -0 %2 %6 %15 %4 %3 %1 %1 %2 %6 %0 %2 %9 %12 %29 %6 %2 %0 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
5/1/2006 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 85: Chi Yin Collection, 90/Lot# 28 $10,580.00
2/11/2007 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 1218 $1,620.00
11/3/2010 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, 44/Lot# 1372 $920.00
2/3/2011 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2011 February Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1152/Lot# 7682 $402.50
4/2/2012 NGC Details F Details  Teletrade Auction 3252, 3252/Lot# 1139 $9.00
1/19/2014 PCGS MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/19/2014, 185/Lot# 164946 $448.80
6/4/2014 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 4 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1206/Lot# 4361 $14,100.00
11/6/2014 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2014 November 6 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(2), 1211/Lot# 3628 $6,462.50


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