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: 9/20/2019

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1916 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 5.50 6.50 8.00 11.00 18.00 25.00 27.00 30.00 41.00 47.00 62.00 80.00 95.00 115 340 795 6850 19500 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 185 385 1300 11500 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2303
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: 10/22/2019 1916 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base16176281721121640163-4227644481530976131--2303
--------------11-11---4
--------------23232---12
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Total16176281721121640163-4227644781931180161--2319
 0 %0 %1 %0 %1 %1 %1 %1 %1 %2 %7 %-2 %12 %19 %35 %13 %3 %1 %0 %-- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
5/20/1996 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 0842, 842/Lot# 1167 $45.78
6/2/2001 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2001 June Long Beach Bullet Sale #264, 264/Lot# 375 $299.00
2/7/2005 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #27, 31/Lot# 197 $6,325.00
2/11/2007 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 1181 $138.00
6/16/2013 PCGS Genuine UNC   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131326/Lot# 24051 $32.00
7/11/2014 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5465 $246.75
9/22/2014 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 1313 $1,782.50
10/12/2014 PCGS MS 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 225054 $550.00
10/3/2014 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3502, 6056/Lot# 22025 $376.00


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