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    1937-D Three-Legged Nickel, MS65
    Seldom Seen in Gem Condition

    1937-D 5C Three-Legged MS65 PCGS. FS-901. The 1937-D Three-Legged Buffalo was created by the same circumstances -- and at the same mint -- as those that had earlier created the 1922 Plain Lincoln cent: overenthusiastic die polishing (at least in the case of Die Pair 2 coins). But the missing foreleg on the bison was a remarkable and easily noticed error; the fact that no cents were minted in Philadelphia in 1922, and that those missing a D mintmark nonetheless stemmed from Denver, was a novelty that took longer to permeate into the collecting consciousness. David Lange writes in the series reference that most of the 1922 No D cents "were pulled from circulation between the mid 1930s and the early 1950s."

    In contrast, most of the 1937-D Three-Legged Buffalos range from VF to Mint State, with plentiful survivors at the XF and AU grade levels. Gem examples are another matter, though, with only a hundred or so pieces believed known of this relatively recent and enthusiastically collected die state. This example displays the usual satiny mint luster and each side is lightly toned with reddish accents around the margins. The strike is well brought up but not complete, nor would it be expected, and there are no obvious or mentionable abrasions present. Population: 53 in 65 (2 in 65+), 6 finer (10/13).(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 22SX, PCGS# 3982)

    Weight: 5.00 grams

    Metal: 75% Copper, 25% Nickel


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