Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 6,436,000
Catalog: KM-134
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: 5/20/2015

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1928 D 5C MS
Base $ 1.50 2.50 5.00 14.50 43.00 48.00 50.00 53.00 58.00 65.00 75.00 85.00 125 175 765 3550 23500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 95.00 135 250 1200 - - -

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Total Graded: 1558
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

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1/17/1996 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 0807, 807/Lot# 209 $92.65
9/10/2006 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 1417 $741.75
3/16/2009 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 348, 354/Lot# 212 $96.60
8/31/2009 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 2739, 2739/Lot# 1189 $391.00
3/24/2010 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2010 March Fort Worth, TX Signature ANA US Coin Auction #1138, 1138/Lot# 7696 $161.00
6/2/2010 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2010 June Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1140, 1140/Lot# 425 $2,415.00
6/10/2012 PCGS Genuine XF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/10/2012, 26/Lot# 54565 $15.50
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 24365 $106.93

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