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: 915
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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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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10/11/2000 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #20103, 20103/Lot# 3068 $125.00
4/25/2005 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Richmond Sale, Internet-Only Auction, 40/Lot# 268 $386.40
9/4/2011 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 873 $805.00
4/8/2012 PCGS VF 35   Teletrade Auction 3255, 3255/Lot# 1429 $36.00
8/26/2012 PCGS MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/26/2012, 37/Lot# 65612 $1,078.00
3/31/2013 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131315/Lot# 22100 $129.25
4/22/2013 PCGS VF 20   Teletrade Auction 3427, 3427/Lot# 1318 $41.00
6/4/2014 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 4 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1206/Lot# 5508 $940.00
3/31/2015 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 32711 $258.50


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