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
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 978
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 6/15/2021 1926 D 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-8144515833301118274293316220913129145---978
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Total-8144515833301118274293316221213431146---987
 -1%1%5%16%3%3%1%2%3%4%1%3%16%21%14%3%1%1%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1926 D 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base10213517923435159767483885687490093395810281159233537655747770474872096736625
113150197273433623729844862883911941981107215512812442663997704119802618638456
0000007298448628839119419811072155128124426639977041198000
00000078385086889192295010051115194332885086705277041647400
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 1159
Owner: MarkPaul
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 900
Owner: Xan Chamberlain
 
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