1938-D/S 5C Buffalo MS68 Certification #36886720, PCGS #3985

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.

21.20 millimeters
James Earle Fraser
5.00 grams
Metal Content
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
The United States of America
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PCGS Population
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Rarity and Survival Estimates

65 or Better 20000 R-2.8 60 / 69 TIE 61 / 72 TIE
All Grades 7000 R-3.6 63 / 69 65 / 72
60 or Better 6000 R-3.8 62 / 69 TIE 64 / 72 TIE

Condition Census

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