Expert Comments

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.

 

Diameter
21.20 millimeters
Designer
James Earle Fraser
Edge
Plain
Mintage
7020000
Weight
5.00 grams
Metal Content
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Region
The United States of America
Pop Higher
2
Pop Lower
63443
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 150000 R-1.9 69 / 69 72 / 72
All Grades 100000 R-2.0 68 / 69 71 / 72
60 or Better 80000 R-2.2 67 / 69 70 / 72

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68+ PCGS grade
2 MS68 PCGS grade MS68 PCGS grade
2 MS68 PCGS grade MS68 PCGS grade
2 MS68 PCGS grade MS68 PCGS grade
2 MS68 PCGS grade MS68 PCGS grade