Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Philadelphia
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 DOUBLED DIE OBV 5C MS obverse 1916 DOUBLED DIE OBV 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

One of the most dramatic and popular varieties of this series is the boldly doubled obverse for 1916. The date, feathers and hair ribbon are all distinctly duplicated. This variety was not reported until the 1960s, and only a handful of Mint State pieces have surfaced since that time. Circulated examples are likewise quite scarce, a few of them being revealed through the use of acid to restore the date on heavily worn nickels. This variety is still identifiable by other doubled features than the date, but such coins are worth much less.

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1916 DOUBLED DIE OBV 5C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 4250 6250 9000 12750 23750 23750 32500 33750 39500 48500 85000 97500 120000 155000 255000 - - - - - -
$ 26000 33750 36750 43150 55000 95000 110000 135000 185000 310000 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 97
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 64


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9/20/2004 PCGS G 6   Teletrade Auction 1938, 1938/Lot# 1135 $1,430.00
4/6/2006 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2006 April Atlanta, GA (ANA) Signature Auction #402, 402/Lot# 289 $46,000.00
9/23/2007 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 2531 $163,300.00
10/22/2007 NGC XF 40   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 188, 194/Lot# 8106 $16,387.50
3/8/2012 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2012 March 8-9 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1168/Lot# 3178 $103,627.65
1/1/2013 PCGS XF 45   Stack's Bowers The January 2013 Americana Sale, 180/Lot# 13136 $21,150.00
6/23/2013 PCGS G 6   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/23/2013, 80/Lot# 123269 $5,797.00
9/25/2013 PCGS Genuine F   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1189/Lot# 3263 $5,875.00
1/8/2014 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1201/Lot# 5163 $18,800.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1916 DOUBLED DIE OBV 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base30093264413247715526725176518022831585649141979710113124991389916095187231960120423212714574369767
3094355343455022610173847774811983988756935999021090812965146311697119015198752070529428537510
000000777481198398875693599902109081296514631169711901519875207052942800
0000007898821784818948957810007117031343215363178471930820149209883758500
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