Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 13,333,000
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 D 5C MS obverse 1916 D 5C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

This issue is fairly common across most grades. The typical example is not quite fully struck, with weakness in the Indian's hair above the knot and on the highest relief portion of the bison's coat, just above the foreleg. Luster is usually good, though it may be interrupted by furrows on coins struck from very worn dies.

An oddity of the date on 1916 nickels of all three mints is that numeral 6 is noticeably taller than the others. Since the other three numerals were already in place when the master die for this year was sunk, the engraver had only to add this final numeral, but he evidently misjudged the size.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/3/2014

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1916 D 5C MS
Base $ 17.00 27.00 32.00 43.00 90.00 90.00 110 115 130 150 170 185 205 265 535 1925 8800 - - - -
$ 95.00 115 125 140 160 180 200 230 325 950 3900 24675 - -

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Total Graded: 1183
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66

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1/7/2004 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2004 Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Sale #336, 336/Lot# 5326 $460.00
9/6/2004 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 542 $575.00
9/2/2007 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 2416, 2416/Lot# 1155 $560.00
6/10/2012 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/10/2012, 26/Lot# 54606 $19.00
12/9/2012 PCGS MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 729, 738/Lot# 22 $230.00
12/17/2013 NGC MS 64   Bonhams Coins and Medals Featuring the Robbins Collection of US Gold Coins, 21037/Lot# 1029 $374.00
10/3/2014 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3502, 6056/Lot# 22026 $152.75
3/6/2015 PCGS MS 63   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3524, 6093/Lot# 21038 $217.38

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