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: 9/27/2019

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1920 S 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 6.75 13.50 34.00 115 215 315 340 390 620 680 780 940 1380 2625 9875 60000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 4100 33000 - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 785
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 58
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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1920 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-463214024448193383-267168207155----785
---------------12-----3
---------------2------2
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Total-463214024448193383-267168210175----790
 -1 %1 %4 %18 %3 %6 %1 %2 %4 %11 %-3 %9 %9 %27 %2 %1 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
6/3/2004 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2004 June Long Beach Signature Sale #349, 349/Lot# 5642 $460.00
9/6/2004 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 547 $1,495.00
9/6/2009 PCGS VF 30   Goldberg September 6-8, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 54/Lot# 2527 $115.00
2/28/2012 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 1884 $2,731.25
8/26/2012 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/26/2012, 37/Lot# 65584 $1,493.80
4/22/2013 PCGS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 3427, 3427/Lot# 1328 $940.00
11/30/2014 PCGS AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 832, 841/Lot# 548 $525.00
7/17/2015 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers July 2015 Baltimore Auction, 6105/Lot# 4172 $1,410.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1920 5C MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base115155205265366620674802847941108112331333184325853427688692347651113423581462817
12817222529945163871781787898811321266150320902866458076699234888119499448150
0000007178178789881132126615032090286645807669923488811949900
000000759832910103411821300167323383146573384519234101122765700
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 2585
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
Grade: XF 45
Points: 674
Owner: 123cents
 
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