Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 63,497,466
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 5C MS obverse 1916 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The booming economy of the World War I years prompted very high mintages of minor coins starting in 1916, and this date is readily available in all grades up to the gem level. The strike quality of this issue varies greatly, with a small number of very sharp pieces amid mostly coins struck from dies that were moderately to heavily worn.

The specimen illustrated is typical of many Buffalo Nickels in that it was coined from dies of different generations. Its obverse die is clearly worn and has noticeable erosion lines, yet its reverse die is quite obviously fresh, with a hard, smooth surface. This phenomenon occurred whenver one die failed before its mate and had to be replaced. Die clashing was the usual culprit, one die of the pair being irrepairable.

The obverse hub was refined for the nickel coinage of 1916 and later years. The most obvious improvement was sharpening of the motto LIBERTY, which was rather indistinct on Fraser's models and the all coins struck 1913-15.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/3/2014

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1916 5C MS
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Base $ 6.00 6.75 8.50 10.50 16.00 16.00 22.00 25.00 29.00 37.00 45.00 55.00 68.00 88.00 130 325 960 7875 18500 - -
$ - - 27.00 33.00 40.00 50.00 60.00 75.00 110 155 440 2200 11000 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1990
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68


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12/13/2004 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #21, 25/Lot# 150 $86.25
1/16/2011 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 211014/Lot# 26695 $89.00
7/7/2011 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2011 July Orlando Summer FUN Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1157/Lot# 7637 $299.00
10/4/2011 NGC VF 25   Teletrade Auction 3149, 3149/Lot# 1049 $9.00
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1217 $764.75
9/25/2013 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 1313 $1,782.50
6/29/2014 PCGS MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 203540 $125.00


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