Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 63,497,466
Obverse Designer: James Earle Fraser
Reverse Designer: James Earle Fraser
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5.0000g
Diameter: 21.2mm
Edge: Plain
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1916 5C MS obverse 1916 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The booming economy of the World War I years prompted very high mintages of minor coins starting in 1916, and this date is readily available in all grades up to the gem level. The strike quality of this issue varies greatly, with a small number of very sharp pieces amid mostly coins struck from dies that were moderately to heavily worn.

The obverse hub was refined for the nickel coinage of 1916 and later years. The most obvious improvement was sharpening of the motto LIBERTY, which was rather indistinct on Fraser's models and the all coins struck 1913-15.

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Last Updated: 1/17/2017

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1916 5C MS
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Base $ 6.00 7.00 8.50 10.50 17.00 23.00 25.00 28.00 35.00 45.00 55.00 70.00 95.00 130 345 885 6850 19500 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 185 385 1300 11500 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2178
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68


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12/20/2000 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 1388, 1388/Lot# 1101 $65.40
9/15/2003 NGC MS 65   Goldberg September 15-17, 2003 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 21/Lot# 188 $322.00
7/31/2009 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2009 August Los Angeles, CA US Coin Auction #1128, 1128/Lot# 7415 $747.50
4/5/2010 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 468, 474/Lot# 163 $609.50
2/27/2014 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 27 - 28 & March 2 Mid-Winter ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Atlanta Session(2), 1203/Lot# 3761 $4,993.75
3/9/2014 NGC MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/09/2014, 167/Lot# 135097 $53.25
7/11/2014 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5465 $246.75


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