Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 63,497,466
Catalog: KM-134
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: 9/1/2015

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1916 5C MS
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Base $ 6.00 6.75 8.50 10.50 16.00 22.00 25.00 29.00 37.00 45.00 55.00 68.00 88.00 130 325 960 7750 19000 - -
$ - - - 33.00 40.00 - 60.00 75.00 110 155 440 1850 12000 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2104
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68


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8/14/2001 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #21083, 21083/Lot# 3211 $72.00
5/1/2003 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2003 May St. Louis, MO (CSNS) Signature Sale #318, 318/Lot# 5729 $805.00
1/3/2005 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Year End Internet-Only Auction, 27/Lot# 198 $276.00
5/28/2012 PCGS F 12   Teletrade Auction 3284, 3284/Lot# 1230 $9.00
2/3/2013 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg February 3-6, 2013 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 72/Lot# 1166 $391.00
7/14/2013 NGC MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/14/2013, 83/Lot# 127096 $79.20
6/28/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3533, 6112/Lot# 20306 $99.88


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