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: 762
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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Price
9/6/2004 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 546 $4,140.00
8/26/2007 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 2413, 2413/Lot# 1098 $3,808.00
11/13/2007 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2007 November Dallas, TX US Coin Final Session #453, 453/Lot# 7441 $373.75
4/28/2009 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2009 April-May Cincinnati, OH (CSNS) US Coin Auction #1124, 1124/Lot# 2142 $25,300.00
6/10/2012 PCGS XF 40   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/10/2012, 26/Lot# 54557 $144.10
2/22/2013 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 1247 $2,643.75
7/22/2013 NGC VF 30   Teletrade Auction 3440, 3440/Lot# 1173 $80.00
11/30/2014 PCGS AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 832, 841/Lot# 548 $525.00


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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