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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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

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: 9/14/2015

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1916 S 5C MS
Base $ 12.00 15.50 21.00 42.00 75.00 125 135 155 170 215 245 310 700 2150 5700 24000 - - -
$ 85.00 - - - - - 265 400 1000 2800 12250 28500 -

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Total Graded: 927
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66

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4/25/2005 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Richmond Sale, Internet-Only Auction, 40/Lot# 268 $386.40
2/11/2007 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 1183 $603.75
1/5/2011 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(6), 1151/Lot# 9853 $417.45
2/28/2011 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 3022, 3022/Lot# 1290 $92.00
2/2/2012 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2012 February 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(4), 1167/Lot# 7833 $218.50
2/26/2012 NGC Details VF Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/26/2012, 9/Lot# 36338 $19.00
6/3/2014 PCGS MS 62   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 3692 $152.75

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