Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 600
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 5C PF obverse 1916 5C PF reverse

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Description & Analysis

This is the lowest mintage entry in the proof series of Buffalo Nickels, a fact clearly reflected in the rarity of examples in the marketplace. The Philadelphia Mint declined to strike proofs of Barber's old Liberty Head Dimes, Quarters and Halves, as it anticipated that the new designs of 1916 would be ready in time for proof set sales (gold proofs were also suspended for this same reason). In the absence of silver proof sets, sales of the two minor coins were limited to the minor proof sets, thus accounting for their low mintage.

The 1916 proof nickel is perhaps the epitome of the Type 2 design, as the Mint strengthened the word LIBERTY, a feature that had always been deficient, even on proofs. It should have taken such care in engraving the final numeral of the date, as the 6 is clearly taller than the other figures.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/17/2014

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1916 5C PF
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Total Graded: 174
Low Grade: 64
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 68

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Auction Prices Realized

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2/3/1997 PCGS PF 66   Teletrade Auction 0916, 916/Lot# 1160 $2,568.00
5/7/1997 PCGS PF 68   Teletrade Auction 0943, 943/Lot# 1182 $10,600.00
6/26/2008 PCGS PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2008 June West Palm Beach, FL (Summer FUN) Signature Coin Auction #1110, 1110/Lot# 485 $4,312.50
5/29/2011 PCGS PF 66   Goldberg May 29 - June 1, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction of US, World Coins and Currency, 63/Lot# 698 $3,795.00
12/8/2011 NGC PF 67   Heritage Auctions 2011 December 8-11 US Coins Signature Auction- New York Session(1), 1162/Lot# 3311 $6,900.00
10/17/2012 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1216 $3,290.00
10/18/2012 PCGS PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(1), 1175/Lot# 3530 $3,290.00
3/30/2014 PCGS PF 67   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 797, 806/Lot# 55 $8,650.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1916 5C PF
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Grade: PF 66
Points: 2614
Owner: Leonard Raines
Grade: PF 66
Points: 2614
Owner: rmsent
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