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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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

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: 6/3/2015

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1920 S 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 5.00 12.50 33.00 100.00 200 315 340 390 485 650 1175 1900 3850 20000 57000 - - - -
$ 225 - - - - 850 1450 2450 6100 38000 - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 731
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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6/5/2002 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2002 June Long Beach Signature Sale #292, 292/Lot# 5487 $3,680.00
5/1/2008 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 243, 249/Lot# 5178 $989.00
1/25/2009 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 2644, 2644/Lot# 1254 $3,565.00
9/6/2009 PCGS VF 30   Goldberg September 6-8, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 54/Lot# 2527 $115.00
6/1/2011 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2011 June Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(1), 1156/Lot# 3241 $2,760.00
2/22/2013 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 1247 $2,643.75
7/6/2014 PCGS AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 182942 $300.00
4/22/2015 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1219/Lot# 3608 $1,057.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1920 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base115155205265366620674802847941108112331333184325853427688692347651113423581462817
12817222529945163871781787898811321266150320902866458076699234888119499448150
0000007178178789881132126615032090286645807669923488811949900
000000759832910103411821300167323383146573384519234101122765700
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 2585
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
Grade: VF 20
Points: 366
Owner: The Wilson Collection
 
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