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: 1/17/2017

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1920 5C MS
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Base $ 1.75 2.75 4.00 8.00 16.00 29.00 32.00 37.00 45.00 65.00 75.00 105 155 260 775 1550 8650 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 900
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
9/23/2007 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 1208 $253.00
2/6/2011 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 211023/Lot# 24720 $99.00
10/23/2011 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 3159, 3159/Lot# 1492 $546.25
11/10/2013 PCGS AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/10/2013, 100/Lot# 150554 $71.50
1/26/2014 PCGS AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 788, 797/Lot# 575 $170.00
1/25/2015 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131505/Lot# 21140 $32.00
3/1/2015 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131510/Lot# 23373 $229.13
6/28/2015 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3533, 6112/Lot# 20318 $99.88
3/3/2016 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2016 March 3 - 6 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(4), 1233/Lot# 8058 $1,057.50


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