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: 3/30/2015

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1920 D 5C MS
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Base $ 8.50 16.00 38.00 125 280 400 435 460 540 675 1000 1525 2350 5750 70000 - - - -
$ 310 430 450 500 590 750 1150 1765 3100 14750 95000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 722
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 66


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10/7/2003 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #23102, 23102/Lot# 11247 $1,955.00
5/28/2006 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 2210, 2210/Lot# 1226 $2,240.00
2/11/2007 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 1203 $6,480.00
8/26/2012 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/26/2012, 37/Lot# 65583 $1,024.10
10/18/2012 PCGS VF 25   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(5), 1175/Lot# 7976 $129.25
11/1/2013 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 1 - 3 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(5), 1191/Lot# 7359 $473.53
5/4/2014 PCGS XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 802, 811/Lot# 47 $285.00
6/2/2014 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3484, 6033/Lot# 20071 $1,703.75
10/24/2014 NGC XF 40   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3505, 6059/Lot# 23071 $158.63
3/29/2015 NGC XF 40   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131514/Lot# 21592 $188.00


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