1920 FIVE CENTS -
Struck in Copper
Copper - 89%
Zinc - 8%
Tin - 3%
Weight: 4.96 grams
Mintmark: None (for Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania) on the reverse below FIVE CENTS
Is this a pattern coin?
The full size and weight of the planchet indicates a test
striking. Had the host coin been a Cent planchet, the resulting
coin would have been under-sized and the lower weight of a Bronze Cent
Con: The Buffalo Nickel
had already been in production at three different mints since
1913. What was there to test?
Website - http://www.byersnc.com/copperbuffalo.html
Images courtesy of Michael
S. Byers Numismatic Corporation
NGC AU-55 (illustrated
above). Ex - Mike Chambers - well-known Pattern dealer - Michael S.
Byers Numismatic Corporation, sold on eBay (#1287260673) for $12,500.00 -
East Coast Buffalo Nickel specialist. The following is Byers'
description of the coin from the eBay offering: "This is a Discovery
Coin and is now being offered for sale. A 1920 Buffalo Nickel struck on
a full size copper planchet of the same diameter, thickness, and weight of a
Buffalo Nickel!! Its composition is 89% CU, 8% ZN and 3% SN. The weight is
4.96 grams which is 76.54 grains. This unique Off-Metal Buffalo
Nickel is unreported in Breen, Judd and Pollock. Buffalo Nickels struck on Cent
Planchets are very scarce. Buffalo Nickels struck on Dime Planchets are
extremely rare. This is the first and only reported Buffalo Nickel
struck on a Full Size Copper Planchet. There is a possibility that it is a unique
copper test piece and was never melted and destroyed. Type Coin Mint Errors have
been undervalued for over 20 years and have just started to realize their
true value. I just offered Fred Weinberg, a well known Mint Error Dealer,
$20,000 for his Buffalo Nickel struck on a Dime Planchet... and he passed.
This unique Copper
Buffalo Nickel is being offered for less than what a Buffalo Nickel on a
Dime would sell for. Pedigree. Originally in the
Mike Chambers' world famous collection of U.S. Off-Metal Mint Errors. It was
sold to a well known East Coast dealer, who specializes in Patterns, exotic
coins and other rarities. He submitted it to NGC for authentication, and
upon certification I immediately purchased it."