Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 8,370,000
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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1929 D 5C MS obverse 1929 D 5C MS reverse

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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

1929 D nickels are seldom found fully struck, the coin illustrated being a rare exception. More typical is softness on the highest points of the relief. Luster is usually good for this issue.

The number of gems is limited, due both to striking deficiencies and the tendency of such coins to have many marks. Oftentimes these marks were not the result of contact with other coins after striking. Instead, they were present on the unstruck planchets, and the lack of complete compression in the dies left them visible on the finished coins. A fuller strike would have obliterated these flaws.

Circulated pieces in the grades of XF and AU are rather scarce, but their values are held in check by the many Mint State pieces available.

A minor repunched mintmark variety may be found.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/24/2017

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1929 D 5C MS
Base $ 1.35 1.60 2.75 7.50 33.50 47.00 50.00 55.00 60.00 65.00 80.00 105 145 330 1100 2450 19000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 515 1450 8000 21000 -

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Total Graded: 766
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67

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6/13/2005 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #42, 46/Lot# 234 $299.00
8/26/2012 PCGS MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/26/2012, 37/Lot# 65417 $377.66
9/2/2012 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg September 2-5, 2012 The September 2-5, 2012, 70/Lot# 1297 $948.75
4/29/2013 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 3428, 3428/Lot# 1149 $293.75
6/9/2014 PCGS AU 58   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3485, 6034/Lot# 20164 $47.00
10/29/2015 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2015 October 29 - November 1 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1225/Lot# 7246 $763.75
2/4/2016 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2016 February 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1232/Lot# 7211 $822.50
6/26/2016 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131627/Lot# 21638 $211.50

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