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
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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: 9/2/2015

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1916 5C PF
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Total Graded: 170
Low Grade: 64
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 68

Upcoming Auctions

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11/1/2015 PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2015 October 29 - November 1 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1225/Lot# 3112

Auction Prices Realized

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12/2/2001 NGC PF 66   Teletrade Auction 1512, 1512/Lot# 1086 $2,632.00
9/17/2003 PCGS PF 67   Heritage Auctions 2003 September Long Beach Signature Sale #330, 330/Lot# 6254 $6,210.00
2/3/2014 PCGS PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1202/Lot# 3391 $3,525.00
3/30/2014 PCGS PF 67   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 797, 806/Lot# 55 $8,650.00
6/27/2014 PCGS PF 67   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 1287 $7,638.68
9/22/2014 PCGS PF 68   Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 1311 $23,000.00
1/7/2015 NGC PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1216/Lot# 3680 $4,230.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1916 5C PF
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Grade: PF 66
Points: 3902
Owner: Leonard Raines
Grade: PF 66
Points: 3902
Owner: rmsent
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