Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 11,860,000
Catalog: KM-134
Obverse Designer: James Earle Fraser
Reverse Designer: James Earle Fraser
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5.00 Grams
Diameter: 21.2mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1916 S 5C MS obverse 1916 S 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The booming wartime economy boosted production at all three mints, even though America was not yet a participant in actual warfare until the following year. This issue had a high mintage for a San Francisco coin, and worn examples are only slightly scarce. They'd be far more available were it not for this coin type's exposed dates that wore away so quickly.

Those few Mint State examples surviving from fresh dies are extremely bold and attractive, but most MS pieces show various degrees of die erosion and blurring of the peripheral design elements, such as the mintmark and designer's initial. 1916-S nickels become quite scarce at the gem level (MS 65 and higher).

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/3/2014

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1916 S 5C MS
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Base $ 12.00 15.50 21.00 42.00 75.00 75.00 120 130 155 170 195 215 240 325 650 2000 5600 22000 - - -
$ 85.00 125 140 160 190 210 225 260 435 1000 2500 8750 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 884
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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9/2/2014 AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131435/Lot# 21496


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7/20/2003 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1754, 1754/Lot# 1030 $522.50
11/3/2005 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2005 November Dallas, TX Signature Auction #388, 388/Lot# 664 $1,955.00
9/6/2009 PCGS AU 53   Goldberg September 6-8, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 54/Lot# 2523 $161.00
9/18/2011 PCGS VF 35   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131139/Lot# 20817 $74.00
7/28/2013 PCGS AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 762, 771/Lot# 568 $160.00
12/15/2013 NGC MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/15/2013, 105/Lot# 148731 $83.60
7/11/2014 PCGS MS 61   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5466 $188.00


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