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.

PCGS #
3946
Designer
James Earle Fraser
Edge
Plain
Diameter
21.20 millimeters
Weight
5.00 grams
Mintage
9689000
Metal
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Pop Higher
3
Pop Lower
1241
Region
The United States of America
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades
65 or Better 5500 R-3.9 12 / 69 12 / 72
All Grades 800 R-5.4 10 / 69 TIE 10 / 72 TIE
60 or Better 30 R-8.9 5 / 69 5 / 72
65 or Better 5500
All Grades 800
60 or Better 30
65 or Better R-3.9
All Grades R-5.4
60 or Better R-8.9
65 or Better 12 / 69
All Grades 10 / 69 TIE
60 or Better 5 / 69
65 or Better 12 / 72
All Grades 10 / 72 TIE
60 or Better 5 / 72

Condition Census Learn More

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

Gerald R. Forsythe Collection

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

Gerald R. Forsythe Collection

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