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
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Base $ 10.00 20.00 33.00 95.00 195 270 285 305 330 340 370 390 520 1750 4300 10500 24500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 600 2600 5750 19850 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 893
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67


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2/10/2008 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 137 $437.00
9/21/2009 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 412, 418/Lot# 7236 $1,541.00
10/10/2011 PCGS VF 20   Teletrade Auction 3152, 3152/Lot# 1142 $74.75
11/7/2011 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2011 November 7-9 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(1), 1161/Lot# 3184 $1,150.00
1/3/2012 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(9), 1166/Lot# 10146 $546.25
6/10/2012 PCGS Genuine F   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/10/2012, 26/Lot# 54562 $8.00
8/8/2013 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(6), 1188/Lot# 7437 $381.88
4/1/2014 PCGS MS 63   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 7563 $376.00


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