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

1920-S 5C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66

PCGS MS65+

PCGS MS65
PCGS #:
3946
Diameter:
21.20 millimeters
Designer:
James Earle Fraser
Weight:
5.00 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
9,689,000
Metal Content:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Auction Record:
$44,563 • NGC MS65 • 11-6-2007 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 5,500 R-3.9 12 / 69 12 / 72
60 or Better 800 R-5.4 10 / 69 TIE 10 / 72 TIE
65 or Better 30 R-8.9 5 / 69 5 / 72
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Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade

Gerald R. Forsythe Collection

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

Gerald R. Forsythe Collection

2 MS65 PCGS grade
2 MS65 PCGS grade  
2 MS65 PCGS grade  
2 MS65 PCGS grade  
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2 MS65 PCGS grade  
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David Hall: In circulated grades, the 1920-S is quite scarce. It is rare in mint state and in Gem condition it is one of the major rarities of the Buffalo nickel series. For the non-varieties, in Gem condition only the 1926-S is rarer, though the 1925-S is close in rarity to the 1920-S. I'd caall the 1920-S the second rarest buffalo nickel in Gem condition after the 1926-S. Strike is a big problem with this issue and most examples have very weakly struck detail of the Buffalo's horn and tail and the Indian's hair braid. Luster, on the rare mint state example, is somewhat frosty.