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: 10/5/2020

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1920 S 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 7.50 15.00 35.00 120 225 315 340 385 485 635 775 975 1500 3000 12000 57500 - - - -
$ - - - - - 710 825 1100 1850 4000 30000 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 804
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: 6/15/2021 1920 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-5736144254611203384-277368205155----804
---------------12-----3
---------------1------1
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Total-5736144254611203384-277368207175----808
 -1%1%4%18%3%6%1%2%4%10%-3%9%8%26%2%1%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1920 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base115155205265366620674802847941108112331333184325853427688692347651113423581462817
128172225299451638717817878988113212661503209028664580766992348881194994481565958
0000007178178789881132126615032090286645807669923488811949900
000000759832910103411821300167323383146573384519234101122765700
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 2585
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 1081
Owner: Xan Chamberlain
 
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