1920-S 5C MS65

CERTIFICATION#: 02330300
PCGS#: 3946

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

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.

Diameter: 21.20 millimeters Designer: James Earle Fraser Edge: Plain
Mintage: 9,689,000 Weight: 5.00 grams Metal Content: 75% Copper, 25% Nickel
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10
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8
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45+
235
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295
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325
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385
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475
62+
1,225
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2,350
65+
32,500

Rarity and Survival Estimates

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

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS65 PCGS grade
2 MS65 PCGS grade  
2 MS65 PCGS grade  
2 MS65 PCGS grade