Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 5,638,000
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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1926 D 5C MS obverse 1926 D 5C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Decades ago, when there was little in print about the striking quality of coins, the 1926 D nickel was already being cited as an issue often found poorly struck. This is certainly true, though it is no more problematic than many of the mintmarked nickels of the 1920s.

Perhaps what brought this particular entry to the forefront is the fact that a disproportionate number survive in Mint State. There were several rolls of this and other D-Mint nickels coming onto the market in the 1930s, due to the fact that a recovering economy finally emptied vaults of coins not needed immediately when they were minted. The Midwestern region served by the Denver Mint entered recession before the rest of the nation, and certain coins of the late 1920s sat idle for several years awaiting better times. The 1926 D nickels were among these latecomers. Though relatively plentiful, precious few of these Mint State coins qualify as gems.

Since it was the reverse die most often overused, many of this issue had little or no detail in the bison's head as made. This makes the grading of circulated pieces quite challenging, as it's possible to find lustrous, nearly unworn coins that have no definition to the bison's horn.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/20/2019

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1926 D 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 14.00 28.00 60.00 105 220 275 285 310 325 350 380 415 540 1480 3950 8500 29500 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 942
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1926 D 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-5133915329261117253993316020912829125---942
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--------------233-1---9
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Total-5133915329261117253993316021213132126---952
 -1 %1 %4 %16 %3 %3 %1 %2 %3 %4 %1 %3 %17 %22 %14 %3 %1 %1 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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5/28/2003 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2003 May Long Beach Signature Sale #324, 324/Lot# 5633 $385.25
2/11/2007 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 1222 $1,620.00
10/20/2008 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 293, 299/Lot# 310 $333.50
10/3/2010 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 2935, 2935/Lot# 1210 $414.00
1/20/2013 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131305/Lot# 22670 $205.63
4/21/2013 PCGS Genuine XF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/21/2013, 71/Lot# 111234 $67.10
4/2/2015 PCGS MS 92   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3528, 6097/Lot# 20114 $246.75


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