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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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

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: 9/1/2015

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1916 5C MS
Base $ 6.00 6.75 8.50 10.50 16.00 22.00 25.00 29.00 37.00 55.00 68.00 88.00 130 325 960 7750 19000 - -
$ - - - 33.00 40.00 60.00 75.00 110 155 440 1850 12000 -

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Total Graded: 2021
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68

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9/23/2007 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 1205 $333.50
10/22/2007 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 188, 194/Lot# 8104 $78.20
7/11/2010 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 2886, 2886/Lot# 1345 $138.00
7/1/2012 NGC XF 40   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131228/Lot# 22450 $30.00
8/2/2012 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(5), 1173/Lot# 7550 $258.50
10/12/2014 PCGS MS 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 225054 $550.00
10/3/2014 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3502, 6056/Lot# 22025 $376.00

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