1938-D/S 5C Buffalo (Regular Strike)

Series: Buffalo Five Cents 1913-1938

PCGS MS68

PCGS MS68

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PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67+

PCGS #:
3985
Designer:
James Earle Fraser
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
21.20 millimeters
Weight:
5.00 grams
Mintage:
7,020,000
Mint:
Denver
Metal:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

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

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS67+ PCGS grade MS67+ PCGS grade
1 MS67+ PCGS grade
1 MS67+ PCGS grade
4 MS67 PCGS grade PCGS #3985 (MS)     67
4 MS67 PCGS grade
4 MS67 PCGS grade
4 MS67 PCGS grade
4 MS67 PCGS grade
4 MS67 PCGS grade
4 MS67 PCGS grade
MS67+ PCGS grade #1 MS67+ PCGS grade
#1 MS67+ PCGS grade
#1 MS67+ PCGS grade
PCGS #3985 (MS)     67 #4 MS67 PCGS grade
#4 MS67 PCGS grade
#4 MS67 PCGS grade
#4 MS67 PCGS grade
#4 MS67 PCGS grade
#4 MS67 PCGS grade
#4 MS67 PCGS grade
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.