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    Elusive Gem 1937-D Three-Legged Buffalo

    1937-D 5C Three-Legged MS65 NGC. FS-020.2. One of most famous error issues in all of 20th century numismatics, the 1937-D Three-Legged gained almost instant notoriety when, in 1937-1938, C. L. "Cowboy" Franzen started offering examples for sale in The Numismatic Scrapbook. Franzen's coins probably came from Montana, the state in which most, if not all '37-D Three-Legged Nickels were distributed. The early discovery date would seem to indicate that most examples were removed from circulation after a relatively short period of time. Those that did escape circulation altogether nearly always display inferior luster and striking qualities. On this remarkable Gem representative, the soft, frosted luster is especially vibrant for the issue and only on the highest points of the design does the characteristic softness become evident. Population: 33 in 65, 13 finer (4/04). (#3982) (Registry values: N4719)

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 3982)

    Weight: 5.00 grams

    Metal: 75% Copper, 25% Nickel

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2004
    3rd-5th Thursday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 9
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