Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 9,418,000
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 D 5C MS obverse 1920 D 5C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The annual mintage of nickels at Denver during the years 1917-20 was fairly consistent, though most of the 1920 D nickels would sit idle in vaults for the next several years. A nasty recession began in the latter months of 1920, eliminating the need for further coining of nickels for the Midwest region until 1924.

This issue is not truly rare in Mint State, but the quality of most pieces is disappointing. Poor strikes from worn and cracked dies are the norm, and this has greatly limited the number of gems certified.

The standout variety for 1920 D nickels is a very distinct repunched mintmark that is highly sought.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/15/2019

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1920 D 5C MS
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Base $ 14.20 28.50 75.00 120 275 375 405 440 600 650 740 1050 1500 2250 5850 60000 140000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 2650 9500 - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 828
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66

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: 7/16/2019 1920 D 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-1529481433244121433484214862248252----828
------------------1---1
---------------5------5
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Total-15294814332441214334842148622532521---834
 -2 %3 %6 %17 %4 %5 %1 %2 %4 %6 %0 %3 %6 %7 %30 %3 %0 %0 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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5/11/2003 NGC MS 61   Teletrade Auction 1722, 1722/Lot# 1068 $715.00
10/18/2012 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(1), 1175/Lot# 3491 $1,057.50
2/3/2013 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg February 3-6, 2013 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 72/Lot# 1180 $11,500.00
5/4/2014 PCGS Genuine Genuine   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/04/2014, 169/Lot# 191860 $168.30
9/12/2014 PCGS VF 30   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3499, 6053/Lot# 21067 $117.50
11/16/2014 PCGS XF 40   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 830, 839/Lot# 775 $260.00
12/13/2018 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2018 December 13-14 US Coins Signature Auction Session(1), 1282/Lot# 3225 $1,560.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1920 5C MS D
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base17122028536045378383899010441081119312581363170721432671421710788565686442589144839
187242310391563801889100810561118121512931478185223193186640710788665214393322070
00000088910081056111812151293147818522319318664071078866521439300
00000093910261069115612361328159219982495370285981078876482014200
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 2671
Owner: Coin Trader
 
Grade: XF 45
Points: 838
Owner: 123cents
 
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