Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 9,689,000
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
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1920 S 5C MS obverse 1920 S 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Despite a fairly high production for the San Francisco Mint, choice examples of the 1920 S nickel are very rare. The vast majority were poorly made from quite worn and blurry dies. Combined with sometimes indifferent luster, these conditions account for the great rarity of certified gems.

The problem of heavily worn and indistinct dies is especially prevalent with this coin's reverse, as it carries no date, permitting the dies to be used in subsequent years until they failed completely. Sadly, this would be the paradigm during most of the 1920s for both the Denver and San Francisco Mints.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/3/2014

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1920 S 5C MS
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Base $ 5.00 12.50 33.00 100.00 200 200 290 315 370 460 570 650 1150 2200 3950 22000 45000 - - - -
$ 225 310 340 415 500 625 735 1450 2850 6650 31050 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 706
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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Price
9/6/2004 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 546 $4,140.00
1/3/2007 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2007 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Coin Auction #422, 422/Lot# 2305 $2,990.00
9/27/2007 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2007 September Long Beach, CA Signature Coin Auction #446, 446/Lot# 707 $1,265.00
11/13/2008 NGC VF 25   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 300, 306/Lot# 5266 $97.75
10/16/2011 NGC AU 53   Teletrade Auction 3155, 3155/Lot# 1300 $220.00
1/3/2012 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(6), 1166/Lot# 5255 $13,800.00
2/28/2012 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 1884 $2,731.25
6/2/2013 PCGS AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/02/2013, 77/Lot# 110646 $353.10


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