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
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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).

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/3/2014

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1916 S 5C MS
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Base $ 12.00 15.50 21.00 42.00 75.00 75.00 120 130 155 170 195 215 240 325 650 2000 5600 22000 - - -
$ 85.00 125 140 160 190 210 225 260 435 1000 2500 8750 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 903
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


Upcoming Auctions

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1/12/2015 MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1216/Lot# 3625


Auction Prices Realized

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12/8/2004 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2004 December Dallas Signature Sale #277, 277/Lot# 5571 $460.00
9/7/2011 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2011 September Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1159/Lot# 7374 $373.75
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
10/18/2012 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(1), 1175/Lot# 3475 $4,993.75
11/25/2012 PCGS AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/25/2012, 50/Lot# 76752 $93.50
11/26/2012 PCGS F 12   Teletrade Auction 3388, 3388/Lot# 1419 $9.00
1/26/2014 PCGS MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 788, 797/Lot# 564 $250.00
9/22/2014 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 1315 $5,520.00


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