Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 9,418,000
Catalog: KM-134
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: 7/9/2015

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1920 D 5C MS
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Base $ 8.50 16.00 38.00 125 280 365 420 475 540 700 950 1525 2200 6250 70000 150000 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 727
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 66


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8/7/1998 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 1998 ANA Signature Sale #190, 190/Lot# 6228 $1,782.50
9/15/2003 NGC MS 64   Goldberg September 15-17, 2003 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 21/Lot# 193 $2,645.00
4/10/2006 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 2187, 2187/Lot# 1073 $2,520.00
12/15/2011 PCGS XF 40   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 645, 652/Lot# 7114 $350.75
5/4/2014 PCGS Genuine Genuine   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/04/2014, 169/Lot# 191860 $168.30
6/4/2014 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 4 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1206/Lot# 4360 $3,818.75
6/2/2014 NGC XF 45   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3484, 6033/Lot# 20072 $232.65
9/28/2014 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131440/Lot# 21574 $329.00
12/3/2015 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2015 December 3 - 6 Houston Money Show US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(3), 1227/Lot# 4153 $1,645.00


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