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
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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: 7/9/2015

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1920 D 5C MS
Base $ 8.50 16.00 38.00 125 280 365 420 475 540 700 950 1525 2200 6250 70000 150000 - - -
$ 310 - - - - 800 1050 1750 2700 15500 - - -

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Total Graded: 719
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 66

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5/25/1998 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1052, 1052/Lot# 1199 $1,728.00
6/5/2002 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2002 June Long Beach Signature Sale #292, 292/Lot# 5486 $6,325.00
9/15/2003 NGC MS 64   Goldberg September 15-17, 2003 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 21/Lot# 193 $2,645.00
11/20/2011 NGC VF 25   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131148/Lot# 29032 $104.00
8/26/2012 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/26/2012, 37/Lot# 65583 $1,024.10
12/30/2012 PCGS MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 732, 741/Lot# 556 $1,300.00
6/3/2014 PCGS AU 55   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 3701 $329.00
8/29/2014 PCGS VF 30   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3497, 6051/Lot# 22049 $115.15
6/4/2015 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2015 June 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1221/Lot# 3378 $1,645.00

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