Expert Comments

David Hall

The 1928-D is a little less common in lower circulated grades than the dates that follow. It is scarce in grades EF40 and above. Interestingly, in mint state condition it is more common than either the 1928 or 1928-S. In fact, it is the most abundant mint state Buffalo nickel of the 1913 to 1930 era save for the very common 1913 Type 1. Apparently a good number of original uncirculated rolls were saved at the time of issue. In Gem MS65 condition, strike is sometimes a problem and the 1928-D is tougher to find than the 1928. And in Superb Gem MS66 condition, the 1928-D is quite rare. Luster is of the satiny semi-frosty type.

 

Diameter
21.20 millimeters
Designer
James Earle Fraser
Edge
Plain
Mintage
6436000
Weight
5.00 grams
Metal Content
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Region
The United States of America
Pop Higher
1
Pop Lower
2789
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 12500 R-2.9 43 / 69 TIE 44 / 72 TIE
All Grades 4000 R-4.2 52 / 69 TIE 53 / 72 TIE
60 or Better 600 R-5.8 35 / 69 TIE 35 / 72 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade

High Desert Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade