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SERIES: Buffalo Five Cents 1913-1938
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1937-D 5C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS68

PCGS MS68

PCGS MS67+
PCGS #:
3981
Diameter:
21.20 millimeters
Designer:
James Earle Fraser
Weight:
5.00 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
17,826,000
Metal Content:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Auction Record:
$35,250 • PCGS MS68 • 3-6-2015 • Stack's/Bowers
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 35,000 R-2.6 66 / 69 TIE 68 / 72 TIE
60 or Better 10,000 R-3.0 65 / 69 67 / 72
65 or Better 8,000 R-3.4 64 / 69 66 / 72 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade
1 MS68 PCGS grade  

Stack's/Bowers 3/2015:96, $35,250

3 MS67+ PCGS grade  
4 MS67 PCGS grade
4 MS67 PCGS grade
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade
1 MS68 PCGS grade  

Stack's/Bowers 3/2015:96, $35,250

3 MS67+ PCGS grade  
4 MS67 PCGS grade
4 MS67 PCGS grade
4 MS67 PCGS grade
4 MS67 PCGS grade  
4 MS67 PCGS grade  
4 MS67 PCGS grade  
4 MS67 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: Yes, the 1937-D Nickel is a very common coin in most grades, but let's talk about condition rarity.  Thousands of examples of this date have been certified in MS64, MS65, and MS66 condition, but in MS67, the population drops off dramatically.  MS68 is where this date shines (literally).  In March of 2015, one of the two PCGS MS68 examples sold for an amazing $35,250, setting a new, remarkably high record for the date, and pretty much for any late-date Buffalo Nickel.


David Hall: The 1937-D is a common Buffalo nickel in all grades. Only the 1937 and 1938-D are easier to find in mint state and Gem condition. Strike is usually very sharp and luster is typically quite frosty.