1938-D/S 5C Buffalo MS67+

CERTIFICATION#: 25535424
PCGS#: 3985

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

David Hall: The 1938-D/S Buffalo nickel variety was first discovered circa 1961 by Robert Kerr and C.G. Langworthy. The two collectors submitted their findings to the then new "Coin World" weekly publication and subsequently no less a numismatic luminary than Q. David Bowers confirmed the authenticity of the over-mintmark. Since no Buffalo nickels were minted in San Francisco in 1938, it seems likely that some S-mintmarked dies were deliberately repunched at the Denver Mint. There are several variations of this over-mintmark and only the "strong" variety commands a noticeable premium. While quite interesting, the 1938-D/S is not all that rare. And like the regular mint mark 1938-D, this issue often comes well struck with great luster.

Diameter: 21.20 millimeters Designer: James Earle Fraser Edge: Plain
Mintage: 7,020,000 Weight: 5.00 grams Metal Content: 75% Copper, 25% Nickel

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 20,000 R-2.8 60 / 69 TIE 61 / 72 TIE
60 or Better 7,000 R-3.6 63 / 69 65 / 72
65 or Better 6,000 R-3.8 62 / 69 TIE 64 / 72 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67+ PCGS grade
1 MS67+ PCGS grade
1 MS67+ PCGS grade  
4 MS67 PCGS grade
4 MS67 PCGS grade