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: 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: 725
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 66

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8/15/2007 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 2408, 2408/Lot# 1106 $1,176.00
10/18/2012 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(1), 1175/Lot# 3491 $1,057.50
12/30/2012 PCGS MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 732, 741/Lot# 556 $1,300.00
5/4/2014 PCGS Genuine Genuine   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/04/2014, 169/Lot# 191860 $168.30
6/2/2014 NGC XF 45   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3484, 6033/Lot# 20072 $232.65
9/22/2014 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 1333 $44,850.00
1/29/2015 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 29 - February 1 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1217/Lot# 8093 $470.00
3/29/2015 NGC XF 40   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131514/Lot# 21592 $188.00

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