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1920-S 5C (Regular Strike)

Series: Buffalo Five Cents 1913-1938

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS65+

PCGS MS65+

PCGS MS65+

PCGS MS65+

PCGS #:
3946
Designer:
James Earle Fraser
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
21.20 millimeters
Weight:
5.00 grams
Mintage:
9,689,000
Metal:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Major Varieties

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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

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
Survival Estimate
All Grades 5,500
60 or Better 800
65 or Better 30
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-3.9
60 or Better R-5.4
65 or Better R-8.9
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 12 / 69
60 or Better 10 / 69 TIE
65 or Better 5 / 69
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 12 / 72
60 or Better 10 / 72 TIE
65 or Better 5 / 72

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade

Gerald R. Forsythe Collection

2 MS65+ PCGS grade
3 MS65 PCGS grade
3 MS65 PCGS grade
3 MS65 PCGS grade
3 MS65 PCGS grade
3 MS65 PCGS grade
3 MS65 PCGS grade
3 MS65 PCGS grade
3 MS65 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade

Gerald R. Forsythe Collection

#2 MS65+ PCGS grade
#3 MS65 PCGS grade
#3 MS65 PCGS grade
#3 MS65 PCGS grade
#3 MS65 PCGS grade
#3 MS65 PCGS grade
#3 MS65 PCGS grade
#3 MS65 PCGS grade
#3 MS65 PCGS grade
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.