Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 63,093,000
Obverse Designer: James Earle Fraser
Reverse Designer: James Earle Fraser
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5.0000g
Diameter: 21.2mm
Edge: Plain
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1920 5C MS obverse 1920 5C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The economic boom prompted by World War I lasted until mid 1920, even though the war had ended nearly two years earlier. This heightened commerce is reflected in the huge number of nickels coined at the Philadelphia Mint in 1920.

This issue is common in worn condition and in Mint State grades as high as MS 65. Like the example illustrated, most coins are less than fully struck, but this has only minimal impact on their assigned grades. The luster of this issue is typically quite pleasing, which more influential in grading.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/27/2019

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1920 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1.75 2.50 4.75 11.00 20.00 32.00 37.00 40.00 50.00 70.00 75.00 105 145 255 740 1110 6875 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 300 950 3750 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 934
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67

The chart showing G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/19/2019 1920 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-2331138571651121127177356112265---934
----------1----1------2
----------------11----2
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Total-2331138571652121127177357113275---938
 -0 %0 %0 %1 %0 %1 %1 %1 %2 %6 %0 %2 %14 %19 %38 %12 %3 %1 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
1/2/2006 PCGS MS 66   Teletrade Auction 2140, 2140/Lot# 1092 $1,680.00
4/8/2012 NGC Details VF Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/08/2012, 17/Lot# 36351 $13.00
10/27/2013 PCGS MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 775, 784/Lot# 1030 $675.00
8/8/2014 PCGS MS 61   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 3374 $4,406.25
9/22/2014 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 1330 $1,380.00
6/28/2015 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3533, 6112/Lot# 20318 $99.88
6/26/2016 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131627/Lot# 21104 $164.50
11/2/2017 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2017 November 2 - 4 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(5), 1261/Lot# 19367 $780.00


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