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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/2/2019

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1916 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 5.65 6.75 8.70 11.05 18.05 26.00 27.00 29.50 41.00 47.50 63.00 81.00 95.00 120 340 875 6850 19500 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 185 385 1300 11500 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2287
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 8/20/2019 1916 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base16176281721121539162-4227444280930974121--2287
--------------11-11---4
--------------23222---11
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Total16176281721121539162-4227444581331177151--2302
 0 %0 %1 %0 %1 %1 %1 %1 %1 %2 %7 %-2 %12 %19 %35 %14 %3 %1 %0 %-- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
7/27/1998 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1071, 1071/Lot# 1213 $59.95
10/22/2007 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 188, 194/Lot# 8104 $78.20
6/2/2010 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2010 June Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1140, 1140/Lot# 390 $4,312.50
9/4/2011 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 872 $230.00
2/22/2013 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 1244 $763.75
12/15/2013 PCGS MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/15/2013, 105/Lot# 157422 $73.70
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
6/29/2014 PCGS MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 203540 $125.00


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