Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 63,093,000
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 5C MS obverse 1920 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The economic boom prompted by World War I lasted until mid 1920, even though the war had ended nearly two years earlier. This heightened commerce is reflected in the huge number of nickels coined at the Philadelphia Mint in 1920.

This issue is common in worn condition and in Mint State grades as high as MS 65. Like the example illustrated, most coins are less than fully struck, but this has only minimal impact on their assigned grades. The luster of this issue is typically quite pleasing, which more influential in grading.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/3/2014

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1920 5C MS
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Base $ 1.75 2.75 3.75 7.00 15.00 15.00 28.00 30.00 36.00 45.00 65.00 70.00 105 170 265 790 1475 9750 - - -
$ - 30.00 33.00 40.00 50.00 68.00 77.00 125 190 325 1075 2650 15000 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 845
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


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Grade
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6/19/2005 NGC MS 62   Teletrade Auction 2054, 2054/Lot# 1100 $99.00
6/1/2006 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2006 June Long Beach Signature Auction #408, 408/Lot# 808 $632.50
9/24/2009 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 413, 419/Lot# 2208 $109.25
1/5/2011 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(6), 1151/Lot# 9878 $149.50
9/7/2011 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2011 September Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(1), 1159/Lot# 3288 $1,265.00
11/13/2011 NGC MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/13/2011, 144/Lot# 24705 $68.31
9/25/2013 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 1331 $948.75
4/21/2014 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3478, 6027/Lot# 20044 $232.65


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