Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 9,689,000
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 S 5C MS obverse 1920 S 5C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

Despite a fairly high production for the San Francisco Mint, choice examples of the 1920 S nickel are very rare. The vast majority were poorly made from quite worn and blurry dies. Combined with sometimes indifferent luster, these conditions account for the great rarity of certified gems.

The problem of heavily worn and indistinct dies is especially prevalent with this coin's reverse, as it carries no date, permitting the dies to be used in subsequent years until they failed completely. Sadly, this would be the paradigm during most of the 1920s for both the Denver and San Francisco Mints.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/21/2015

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1920 S 5C MS
Base $ 5.00 12.50 33.00 100.00 200 200 290 315 370 460 570 650 1150 2050 4050 21400 45000 - - - -
$ 225 310 340 415 500 625 735 1450 2850 6650 - - - -

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

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
7/27/2005 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2005 July San Francisco, CA (ANA) Signature Auction #382, 382/Lot# 5683 $1,437.50
5/27/2007 NGC MS 65   Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 977 $23,000.00
12/31/2007 NGC VF 25   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 208, 214/Lot# 222 $109.25
1/25/2009 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 2644, 2644/Lot# 1254 $3,565.00
2/22/2013 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 2022 $11,162.50
5/19/2014 NGC VF 30   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3482, 6031/Lot# 20091 $85.78
9/7/2014 PCGS AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/07/2014, 191/Lot# 182942 $300.00
9/11/2014 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions Weekly World and Ancient Coin Auction Session(1), 231438/Lot# 63362 $188.00

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