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 was 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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Last Updated: 1/17/2017

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1925 D 5C MS
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Base $ 12.00 25.00 40.00 78.00 170 245 265 310 410 450 515 625 975 1600 4450 13500 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 808
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66


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4/12/2000 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1295, 1295/Lot# 1166 $844.75
4/23/2007 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 136, 141/Lot# 233 $253.00
11/3/2010 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, 44/Lot# 1372 $920.00
1/29/2012 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 2400 $1,020.00
2/26/2012 NGC Details VG Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/26/2012, 9/Lot# 36323 $17.00
1/1/2013 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers The January 2013 Americana Sale, 180/Lot# 13142 $19,975.00
1/6/2013 PCGS VF 20   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131303/Lot# 28083 $53.00
9/4/2014 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1209/Lot# 7296 $705.00
1/17/2016 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131604/Lot# 27629 $99.88


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