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: 1/17/2017

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1926 D 5C MS
Base $ 10.00 20.00 33.00 95.00 195 270 285 305 330 340 370 390 520 1750 4300 10500 24500 - - -
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Total Graded: 899
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67

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5/25/2008 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 3881 $5,175.00
10/20/2008 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 293, 299/Lot# 310 $333.50
6/10/2012 PCGS Genuine F   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/10/2012, 26/Lot# 54562 $8.00
4/8/2013 PCGS MS 62   Teletrade Auction 3425, 3425/Lot# 1259 $230.00
11/30/2014 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131449/Lot# 23594 $305.50
3/31/2015 PCGS MS 63   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 32717 $353.68
1/3/2016 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131602/Lot# 23752 $258.50
12/25/2016 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131701/Lot# 21914 $282.00

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