Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 11,860,000
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 S 5C MS obverse 1916 S 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The booming wartime economy boosted production at all three mints, even though America was not yet a participant in actual warfare until the following year. This issue had a high mintage for a San Francisco coin, and worn examples are only slightly scarce. They'd be far more available were it not for this coin type's exposed dates that wore away so quickly.

Those few Mint State examples surviving from fresh dies are extremely bold and attractive, but most MS pieces show various degrees of die erosion and blurring of the peripheral design elements, such as the mintmark and designer's initial. 1916-S nickels become quite scarce at the gem level (MS 65 and higher).

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/18/2015

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1916 S 5C MS
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Base $ 12.00 15.50 21.00 42.00 75.00 120 130 155 170 215 245 310 650 2000 5700 24000 - - -
$ 85.00 - - - - - 265 435 1000 2500 12000 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 914
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


Upcoming Auctions

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6/7/2015 MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2015 June 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1221/Lot# 3370


Auction Prices Realized

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6/3/1998 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 1998 June Long Beach Bullet Sale #186, 186/Lot# 176 $286.00
4/24/2005 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 2030, 2030/Lot# 1087 $275.00
10/17/2012 PCGS AU 58   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 24343 $139.15
11/18/2012 NGC MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/18/2012, 49/Lot# 84907 $198.01
2/3/2013 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg February 3-6, 2013 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 72/Lot# 1168 $4,370.00
6/2/2013 PCGS AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/02/2013, 77/Lot# 110655 $143.00
3/23/2014 PCGS MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 796, 805/Lot# 751 $275.00
8/31/2014 PCGS   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/31/2014, 189/Lot# 211097 $175.00


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