Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 6,436,000
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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1928 D 5C MS obverse 1928 D 5C MS reverse

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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

Despite its modest mintage, the 1928 D nickel is plentiful in Mint State grades. A portion of this mintage sat idle during the early years of the Great Depression, only to be issued several years later when the recovering economy finally emptied these vaults. For a time in the late 1930s and early 40s it seemed that every coin dealer in the Midwest had a good stock of this issue.

1928 D nickels are never fully struck, though they rarely show the extreme weakness of D-Mint nickels coined earlier in the decade. The luster on these coins is generally good to excellent, and the number of certified gems is higher than one would expect for a 1920s coin of such mintage.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/17/2017

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1928 D 5C MS
Base $ 1.60 2.60 5.50 15.00 45.00 50.00 53.00 55.00 60.00 65.00 75.00 85.00 120 185 600 2875 22750 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 130 230 775 11000 - -

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Total Graded: 1565
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

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3/20/1996 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 0825, 825/Lot# 309 $109.00
10/18/2000 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #20104, 20104/Lot# 4078 $88.00
9/10/2006 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 90 $195.50
12/17/2007 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 204, 210/Lot# 106 $109.25
5/27/2012 NGC MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/27/2012, 24/Lot# 54295 $495.00
5/30/2012 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2012 May 30- June 3 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(4), 1171/Lot# 7893 $161.00
2/24/2013 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131310/Lot# 22649 $146.88
6/28/2015 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3533, 6112/Lot# 20331 $76.38

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