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SERIES: Buffalo Five Cents 1913-1938
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1920-D 5C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS65+
PCGS #:
3945
Diameter:
21.20 millimeters
Designer:
James Earle Fraser
Weight:
5.00 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
9,418,000
Metal Content:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Auction Record:
$138,000 • NGC MS67 • 11-1-2008 • Bowers & Merena
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 4,500 R-4.1 5 / 69 TIE 5 / 72 TIE
60 or Better 800 R-5.4 10 / 69 TIE 10 / 72 TIE
65 or Better 80 R-8.2 12 / 69 12 / 72
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2011:5054, $8,050

1 MS66 PCGS grade  

Heritage 9/2009:329

1 MS66 estimated grade  

Yankee Collection of Buffalo Nickels - Bowers & Merena 11/2008:1704, $138,000

5 MS65+ PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2011:5054, $8,050

1 MS66 PCGS grade  

Heritage 9/2009:329

1 MS66 estimated grade  

Yankee Collection of Buffalo Nickels - Bowers & Merena 11/2008:1704, $138,000

5 MS65+ PCGS grade  
5 MS65+ PCGS grade
7 MS65 PCGS grade
7 MS65 PCGS grade
7 MS65 PCGS grade  
7 MS65 PCGS grade  

David Hall: The 1920-D is scarce in circulated grades, rare in mint state, and very rare in Gem condition. In Gem condition, it is a somewhat overlooked rarity but it is, in fact, rarer than all the 1913 to 1918 Denver mint issues and slightly rarer than the more highly regarded 1919. it is rarer than all the 1924 to 1938 D Mints, save the 1927-D which is about equal rarity. This is a very difficult date to locate in Gem condition and a near impossible date to locate in Superb Gem MS66 condition. Strike on this issue ranges from fairly sharp to somewhat weak...check the Buffalo's horn. Luster is usually of the iridescent satiny type.