Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Denver
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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1938 D/D BUFFALO 5C MS obverse 1938 D/D BUFFALO 5C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

As was true of Buffalo Nickels since 1935, the year 1938 resulted in numerous repunched mintmark varieties. Those that are distinctive enough to carry some premium value are attributed by number by NGC under its VarietyPlus Service. In addition, the more obvious ones will be labeled as simply D/D under regular grading tiers if requested on the submission form, but this category does not distinguish the specific dies.

As a class, 1938 D/D nickels are not rare, since so many of this date were set aside by the roll when new. The relative values of each specific variety may vary.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/6/2019

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1938 D/D BUFFALO 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 5.00 6.50 8.00 10.00 12.00 17.00 18.00 19.00 24.00 30.00 35.00 40.00 50.00 55.00 90.00 110 750 6850 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 65.00 105 180 3100 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3317
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 68

The chart showing F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1938 D/D BUFFALO 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---12-1-118--112617387019692459--3317
----------------1232--8
----------------141---6
------------------1---1
Total---12-1-118--1126173872197525011--3332
 ---0 %0 %-0 %-0 %0 %0 %--0 %1 %5 %26 %59 %8 %0 %-- 

Auction Prices Realized

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9/24/2001 PCGS MS 66   Teletrade Auction 1485, 1485/Lot# 1143 $65.40
2/27/2003 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2003 February Long Beach Signature Sale #314, 314/Lot# 6077 $241.50
3/12/2007 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 130, 135/Lot# 306 $80.50
1/29/2012 PCGS MS 67   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 667 $661.25
2/22/2013 PCGS MS 63   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 6902 $16.45
6/29/2014 PCGS MS 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 197844 $500.00
  PCGS MS 65   Bonhams $128.00
8/20/2017 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131735/Lot# 29756 $99.00


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