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
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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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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 717
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 66


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12/29/1995 NGC XF 40   Teletrade Auction 0801, 801/Lot# 230 $141.70
2/23/2005 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2005 February Long Beach Signature Sale #366, 366/Lot# 5985 $7,475.00
2/20/2005 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1036 $2,300.00
9/25/2013 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(7), 1189/Lot# 7497 $329.00
2/3/2014 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1202/Lot# 3359 $1,057.50
5/4/2014 PCGS Genuine Genuine   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
3/27/2015 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 5286 $1,645.00


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