Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 4,450,000
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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1925 D 5C MS obverse 1925 D 5C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

1925 was a year in which it seems that none of the mints were committed to making good nickels. The Denver Mint edition is usually found poorly struck on all high points, with the first two numerals of the date being particularly deficient. Weakness on the bison's forehead and horn are also common.

As is the case with so many nickels of the 1920s, the reverse dies are more likely to be found heavily worn and eroded, since these could be carried forth to the following year and used until they failed completely. Even some Mint State coins have indistinguishable mintmarks, so heavy is the die erosion. Such coins are not certified by NGC.

The strong prices across all grades for 1925 D nickels reflects both the popularity of this series and the difficulty in finding a nice example of this particular issue. Denver Mint coins never enjoyed the mystique of those from San Francisco, and there was no widespread hoarding of this issue from circulation.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/17/2019

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1925 D 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 14.60 27.00 48.50 90.00 175 250 270 320 420 480 550 650 975 1500 4200 12100 - - - -
$ - - - - 420 - - - 1100 2025 6150 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 850
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/21/2019 1925 D 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-31753125342111918501148010424848131---850
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Total-31753125342111918501148010525049131---854
 -0 %2 %6 %15 %4 %2 %1 %1 %2 %6 %0 %2 %9 %12 %29 %6 %2 %0 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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Price
4/5/2001 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2001 April Indianapolis, IN (CSNS) Signature Sale #256, 256/Lot# 6094 $1,035.00
5/1/2006 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 85: Chi Yin Collection, 90/Lot# 28 $10,580.00
1/30/2011 PCGS AU 58   Teletrade Auction 3004, 3004/Lot# 1423 $368.00
2/3/2013 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg February 3-6, 2013 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 72/Lot# 1191 $7,475.00
4/6/2014 PCGS Genuine UNC   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/06/2014, 175/Lot# 183223 $357.50
9/12/2014 PCGS XF 40   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3499, 6053/Lot# 21069 $135.13
7/12/2015 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131529/Lot# 25085 $352.50
8/9/2015 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131533/Lot# 25118 $199.75


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