1937-D Nickel, MS65
1937-D 5C Three-Legged MS65 PCGS. CAC. The 1937-D
Three-Legged Buffalo has been crudely counterfeited for decades.
Its popularity became widespread in the late 1930s, soon after its
release and publication in Numismatic Scrapbook Magazine.
But such counterfeits are an exercise in futility, and most of them
are little more than crude attempts to efface the fourth leg. Any
numismatist worth his/her salt would spot such shams in a moment.
Although the crucial diagnostics lie on the reverse, only one die
pair was used to produce the variety. There are so many
authenticating diagnostics on both sides of the coin that a
seasoned professional should be able to identify a Three-Legged
Buffalo merely by examining the obverse. Those diagnostics are
described in great detail on some of the examples in our Permanent
Auction Archives. This is a lovely example of this popular variety.
The surfaces are satiny, and even, light golden toning covers both
sides. The only grade-limiting marks are on the bison's upper back.
Population: 51 in 65 (2 in 65+), 6 finer (2/13).(Registry
values: N4719) (NGC ID# 22SX, PCGS# 3982)
Famous Three-Legged Buffalo
Weight: 5.00 grams
Metal: 75% Copper, 25% Nickel
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