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: 1/17/2017

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1920 D 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 8.50 17.00 38.00 105 245 385 425 460 600 635 750 1050 1425 2475 5850 60000 150000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 2650 9500 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 782
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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8/17/1996 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 1996 ANA Signature Sale #163, 163/Lot# 6791 $2,530.00
10/11/2004 NGC MS 62   Teletrade Auction 1947, 1947/Lot# 1158 $907.50
2/11/2007 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 1203 $6,480.00
1/6/2013 NGC XF 40   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131303/Lot# 28080 $188.00
9/29/2013 NGC VF 25   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/29/2013, 94/Lot# 140313 $90.20
5/19/2014 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3482, 6031/Lot# 20089 $1,674.38
12/14/2014 PCGS VF 25   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 834, 843/Lot# 795 $85.00
1/29/2015 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 29 - February 1 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1217/Lot# 3599 $1,880.00
2/1/2015 PCGS Genuine VF   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131506/Lot# 23153 $40.00


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 Trader1
 
Grade: XF 45
Points: 838
Owner: mikefromct
 
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