1938-D Buffalo Nickel (PCGS MS 67)

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1938-D Buffalo Nickel (PCGS MS 67)

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Auction Date:2017 Nov 15 @ 20:00 (UTC-7 : PDT/MST)
Location:2320 W Peoria Ave Suite B142, Phoenix, Arizona, 85029, United States
Grade: PCGS Mint State 67

Denomination: Five Cents

Type: Buffalo Nickel (1913 - 1938)

Variety: Type 2, "FIVE CENTS" In Recess (1913-1938)

Year: 1938-D Buffalo

Mint: Denver

Designer: James Earle Fraser

Weight: 5.00 grams

Diameter: 21.20 millimeters

Composition: 75% copper, 25% nickel

Edge: Plain

In 1913 the Liberty Head nickel, which had remained in service since 1883 was replaced by a new design, the so-called Buffalo (more properly, the Indian) nickel by James E. Fraser, a well-known sculptor. The obverse portrait was modeled from life by studying three Indian models, while the reverse was styled from a bison, popularly called a “buffalo,” at the Bronx Zoo

The obverse depicts the head of an Indian facing right, with LIBERTY in small letters at the upper right edge, and the date at the lower left. The reverse shows a bison standing on a raised mound, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and E PLURIBUS UNUM above, and FIVE CENTS on a mound below.

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