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: 1/24/2020

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1916 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 4.50 5.75 7.50 10.00 15.00 22.00 27.00 30.00 40.00 47.00 60.00 75.00 90.00 115 325 770 6500 19500 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 185 370 1250 11500 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2316
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: 2/18/2020 1916 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base16176281722121640165-4227844881931075131--2316
--------------11-11---4
--------------23242---13
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Total16176281722121640165-4227845182331280161--2333
 0%0%1%0%1%1%1%1%1%2%7%-2%12%19%35%13%3%1%0%-- 

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