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/S BUFFALO 5C MS obverse 1938 D/S BUFFALO 5C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

First revealed in 1961, the 1938 D/S nickel was thought to be rare until collectors began searching for this variety. Only then did it become evident that thousands had survived, many in Mint State. This was due to the overall hoarding of 1938 D Buffalo Nickels that made searching for the variety so easy.

There were actually several reverse dies marked for San Francisco which were overpunched with a D mintmark when it became evident that only Denver would coin Buffalo Nickels in 1938. The most obvious examples will be certified generically as D/S under regular grading tiers when requested on the submission form. Identification of specific varieties by number requires that the submitter request and pay for VarietyPlus Service.

Like the 1938 D/D varieties, these are actually not rare when spread across several dies. The most desirable variety is FS-511 (photos). It is seen on the left in an early die state (EDS) with three D mintmarks punched over the S. Shown at right is the late die state (LDS) in which only the deepest D still remains, due to the die erosion evidenced by heavy flow lines.

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Last Updated: 4/24/2020

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1938 D/S BUFFALO 5C MS
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Base $ 5.50 9.00 12.00 15.00 21.00 31.00 37.00 39.00 41.00 55.00 60.00 65.00 86.00 130 160 260 720 6850 - -
$ - - - - - - - - 90.00 145 170 285 4000 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2367
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: 8/4/2020 1938 D/S BUFFALO 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---3333-1716--1540221861106711017--2367
-----------------4451--50
----------------38221--34
-------------------1--1
Total---3333-1716--1540221864107917720--2452
 ---0%0%0%0%-0%0%1%--1%2%9%35%44%7%1%-- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1938 D/S BUFFALO 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base16202841548911113514315117522023725530446352774514834630731713243
1723324566961191381461591902262432713574846009912532552692920
0000001191381461591902262432713574846009912532552600
00000012714014816720523124928841050667212373581642100
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 2532
Owner: fishfinder
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 1483
Owner: Eagles Nest
 
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