1938-D 5C Buffalo MS66 Certification #81726636, PCGS #3984

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.

 

PCGS #
3984
Designer
James Earle Fraser
Edge
Plain
Diameter
21.20 millimeters
Weight
5.00 grams
Mintage
7020000
Metal
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Pop Higher
2858
Pop Lower
28961
Region
The United States of America
Price Guide
PCGS Population
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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

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

Condition Census Learn More

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
#1 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 #2 MS68 PCGS grade