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
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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: 877
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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8/9/2014 MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1208/Lot# 3356


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11/3/2010 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Teletrade Auction 2954, 2954/Lot# 1284 $97.75
5/20/2012 PCGS Genuine XF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/20/2012, 23/Lot# 52642 $18.00
10/14/2012 NGC Details AU Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/14/2012, 44/Lot# 75945 $55.00
2/22/2013 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 6867 $158.63
9/25/2013 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 1315 $5,520.00
11/17/2013 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131348/Lot# 28378 $135.13
3/16/2014 PCGS MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 795, 804/Lot# 57 $1,900.00


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