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

1938-D 5C Buffalo (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS68

PCGS MS68

PCGS MS68
PCGS #:
3984
Diameter:
21.20 millimeters
Designer:
James Earle Fraser
Weight:
5.00 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
7,020,000
Metal Content:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Auction Record:
$23,575 • PCGS MS68 • 7-26-2008 • Bowers & Merena
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 150,000 R-1.9 69 / 69 72 / 72
60 or Better 100,000 R-2.0 68 / 69 71 / 72
65 or Better 80,000 R-2.2 67 / 69 70 / 72
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
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Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
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9 MS68 PCGS grade  
9 MS67+ PCGS grade  

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.