1913-D 5C Type 2 MS (PCGS# 3922)

2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando #1166

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1913-D 5C Type Two MS68 NGC. The Type Two 1913-D Buffalo nickel (as well as the Type Two 1913 and 1913-S) resulted from a flaw in James Earle Fraser's initial design. This is explained in an April 3, 2007 Numismatic News article by Paul Green: {blockquote}"The James Earle Fraser design, while enormously popular, stared out with a design that had the animal standing on a mound. The denomination was placed on that mound and 1913 production began before officials discovered that the denomination had become the highest part of the design and might well wear off quickly."{/blockquote} Green goes on to say: "... officials ... were taking no chances deciding immediately to change the reverse by putting the animal on a line so the denomination could be lower in the design." This MS68 1913-D Type Two nickel is the single finest example certified of this issue by either NGC or PCGS. Its radiantly lustrous surfaces are bathed in pastel violet, aqua-blue, gold, and apricot patina, and are immaculately preserved. The luster on this piece is especially noteworthy, especially in light of David Lange's comment on this issue: "The luster of these coins is usually good but not outstanding." The striking details are complete throughout, with notable sharpness on the lower portion of the Indian's braid. While always a plus on any Buffalo nickel, the 1913-D Type Two is not known as a strike rarity. The problem is not many coins were set aside like the one-year only Type One issues. The vast majority slipped into circulation and fully struck, high-grade pieces are rarely encountered. Ex: Orlando Rarities Sale (Bowers and Merena, 1/2008), lot 76, which brought a record $143,750; Long Beach Signature (Heritage, 9/2007), lot 659. From The Teton Ranch Collection.
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