Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 9,418,000
Catalog: KM-134
Obverse Designer: James Earle Fraser
Reverse Designer: James Earle Fraser
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5.00 Grams
Diameter: 21.2mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1920 D 5C MS obverse 1920 D 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The annual mintage of nickels at Denver during the years 1917-20 was fairly consistent, though most of the 1920 D nickels would sit idle in vaults for the next several years. A nasty recession began in the latter months of 1920, eliminating the need for further coining of nickels for the Midwest region until 1924.

This issue is not truly rare in Mint State, but the quality of most pieces is disappointing. Poor strikes from worn and cracked dies are the norm, and this has greatly limited the number of gems certified.

The standout variety for 1920 D nickels is a very distinct repunched mintmark that is highly sought.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/3/2014

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1920 D 5C MS
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Base $ 8.50 16.00 38.00 125 280 280 400 435 460 540 590 675 1000 1525 2350 6250 70000 - - - -
$ 310 430 450 500 590 650 750 1150 1765 3100 14750 95000 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 694
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 66


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9/15/2003 NGC MS 64   Goldberg September 15-17, 2003 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 21/Lot# 193 $2,645.00
2/23/2005 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2005 February Long Beach Signature Sale #366, 366/Lot# 5985 $7,475.00
4/10/2006 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 2187, 2187/Lot# 1073 $2,520.00
7/10/2011 NGC VF 25   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131129/Lot# 20061 $104.00
5/30/2012 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 2437 $8,812.50
2/27/2014 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 27 - 28 & March 2 Mid-Winter ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Atlanta Session(3), 1203/Lot# 4449 $1,880.00
5/4/2014 PCGS   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/04/2014, 169/Lot# 191860 $168.30
5/4/2014 PCGS XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 802, 811/Lot# 47 $285.00


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