Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 9,418,000
Catalog: KM-134
Obverse Designer: James Earle Fraser
Reverse Designer: James Earle Fraser
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5.0000g
Diameter: 21.2mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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: 7/9/2015

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1920 D 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 8.50 16.00 38.00 125 280 365 420 475 540 590 700 950 1525 2200 6250 70000 150000 - - -
$ 310 - - - - - 800 1050 1750 2700 15500 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 779
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 66


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7/28/1999 NGC AU 55   Teletrade Auction 1192, 1192/Lot# 1158 $250.70
1/17/2001 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #21014, 21014/Lot# 4084 $1,450.00
7/5/2006 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2006 July Dallas, TX Coin Signature Auction #407, 407/Lot# 460 $6,037.50
4/26/2010 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 474, 480/Lot# 122 $379.50
8/26/2012 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/26/2012, 37/Lot# 65583 $1,024.10
2/7/2013 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 February 7 -8 & 10 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1182/Lot# 4119 $1,997.50
6/2/2014 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3484, 6033/Lot# 20071 $1,703.75
9/22/2014 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 1333 $44,850.00


NGC Registry

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