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1938-D 5C Buffalo (Regular Strike)

Series: Buffalo Five Cents 1913-1938

PCGS MS68+

PCGS MS68+

PCGS MS68

PCGS MS68

PCGS MS68

PCGS MS68

PCGS #:
3984
Designer:
James Earle Fraser
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
21.20 millimeters
Weight:
5.00 grams
Mintage:
7,020,000
Metal:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Major Varieties

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Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 150,000 R-1.9 69 / 69 72 / 72
60 or Better 100,000 R-2.0 68 / 69 71 / 72
65 or Better 80,000 R-2.2 67 / 69 70 / 72
Survival Estimate
All Grades 150,000
60 or Better 100,000
65 or Better 80,000
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-1.9
60 or Better R-2.0
65 or Better R-2.2
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 69 / 69
60 or Better 68 / 69
65 or Better 67 / 69
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 72 / 72
60 or Better 71 / 72
65 or Better 70 / 72

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS68+ PCGS grade
2 MS68 PCGS grade MS68 PCGS grade
2 MS68 PCGS grade
2 MS68 PCGS grade
2 MS68 PCGS grade
2 MS68 PCGS grade
2 MS68 PCGS grade
2 MS68 PCGS grade
2 MS68 PCGS grade
2 MS68 PCGS grade
#1 MS68+ PCGS grade
MS68 PCGS grade #2 MS68 PCGS grade
#2 MS68 PCGS grade
#2 MS68 PCGS grade
#2 MS68 PCGS grade
#2 MS68 PCGS grade
#2 MS68 PCGS grade
#2 MS68 PCGS grade
#2 MS68 PCGS grade
#2 MS68 PCGS grade
David Hall:

The 1938-D is the most common Buffalo nickel in mint state and Gem condition by several multiples. Interestingly, this issue is somewhat scarce in circulated condition. Apparently many were saved as this was the last year of issue for the Buffalo nickel series and in the same year the Jefferson nickel began. So collectors of the day would have been very aware that this was the last year of issue and large quantities of original uncirculated rolls were saved. The strike is usually super sharp and luster can be extremely frosty. There are many spectacular Gem survivors of this issue and it is generally the "prettiest" of all Buffalo nickels.