Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 9,689,000
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 S 5C MS obverse 1920 S 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Despite a fairly high production for the San Francisco Mint, choice examples of the 1920 S nickel are very rare. The vast majority were poorly made from quite worn and blurry dies. Combined with sometimes indifferent luster, these conditions account for the great rarity of certified gems.

The problem of heavily worn and indistinct dies is especially prevalent with this coin's reverse, as it carries no date, permitting the dies to be used in subsequent years until they failed completely. Sadly, this would be the paradigm during most of the 1920s for both the Denver and San Francisco Mints.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/17/2017

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1920 S 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 5.00 13.00 30.00 100.00 200 315 340 390 485 635 750 975 1500 3150 16750 55000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 3975 33000 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 757
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 66


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6/11/2017 MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2017 June 8 - 11 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1256/Lot# 3577


Auction Prices Realized

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7/27/2005 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2005 July San Francisco, CA (ANA) Signature Auction #382, 382/Lot# 5684 $6,900.00
9/19/2005 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 19-21, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 32/Lot# 1585 $6,152.50
11/13/2008 NGC VF 25   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 300, 306/Lot# 5266 $97.75
4/27/2011 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2011 April Rosemont CSNS Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(6), 1154/Lot# 9920 $322.00
10/17/2012 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 24349 $239.70
7/22/2013 NGC VF 30   Teletrade Auction 3440, 3440/Lot# 1173 $80.00
11/10/2013 NGC XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/10/2013, 100/Lot# 151627 $156.19
7/11/2014 NGC VF 30   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3490, 6041/Lot# 20136 $79.90


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1920 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base115155205265366620674802847941108112331333184325853427688692347651113423581462817
12817222529945163871781787898811321266150320902866458076699234888119499448150
0000007178178789881132126615032090286645807669923488811949900
000000759832910103411821300167323383146573384519234101122765700
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 2585
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
Grade: VF 20
Points: 366
Owner: The Wilson Collection
 
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