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: 8/31/2018

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1925 D 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 12.00 25.00 40.00 78.00 170 245 265 310 410 450 515 625 975 1800 4200 13250 - - - -
$ - - - - 420 - - - 1100 2025 6150 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 838
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 66

The chart showing G series, VG series, 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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 12/10/2018 1925 D 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-31752120342011101848114791032484713----838
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Total-31752120342011101848114791042504813----842
 -0 %2 %6 %14 %4 %2 %1 %1 %2 %6 %0 %2 %9 %12 %30 %6 %2 %---- 

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3/19/1997 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 1997 Mid-Winter ANA Bullet Sale #168, 168/Lot# 119 $286.00
5/16/2005 NGC VF 25   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #39, 43/Lot# 173 $86.25
9/23/2007 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 2543 $1,322.50
7/4/2010 PCGS VF 25   Teletrade Auction 2882, 2882/Lot# 1368 $58.00
10/2/2011 NGC VF 20   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/02/2011, 138/Lot# 18945 $55.00
1/9/2013 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1181/Lot# 3483 $2,585.00
1/8/2014 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1201/Lot# 3840 $1,654.40
8/12/2015 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2015 August 12 - 16 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(6), 1223/Lot# 7354 $1,116.25
11/9/2015 PCGS MS 62   Stack's Bowers November 2015 Baltimore, 6110/Lot# 24818 $411.25


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