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: 910
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
1/13/1997 NGC MS 62   Teletrade Auction 0910, 910/Lot# 1135 $70.85
4/25/2005 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Richmond Sale, Internet-Only Auction, 40/Lot# 272 $241.50
11/13/2011 NGC MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/13/2011, 144/Lot# 24705 $68.31
2/28/2012 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 1882 $575.00
8/2/2012 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(5), 1173/Lot# 7569 $164.50
9/22/2014 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 1332 $1,725.00
8/11/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA, 6104/Lot# 239 $1,175.00


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