Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 600
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 PF obverse 1916 5C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

This is the lowest mintage entry in the proof series of Buffalo Nickels, a fact clearly reflected in the rarity of examples in the marketplace. The Philadelphia Mint declined to strike proofs of Barber's old Liberty Head Dimes, Quarters and Halves, as it anticipated that the new designs of 1916 would be ready in time for proof set sales (gold proofs were also suspended for this same reason). In the absence of silver proof sets, sales of the two minor coins were limited to the minor proof sets, thus accounting for their low mintage.

The 1916 proof nickel is perhaps the epitome of the Type 2 design, as the Mint strengthened the word LIBERTY, a feature that had always been deficient, even on proofs. It should have taken such care in engraving the final numeral of the date, as the 6 is clearly taller than the other figures.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/30/2019

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1916 5C PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 800 950 1000 1400 2850 4000 5200 10700 33500 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 4350 6300 18500 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 172
Low Grade: 64
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 68

The chart showing 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 4/13/2021 1916 5C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------366249232--172
-----------------11---2
-----------------12---3
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Total---------------366251262--177
 ---------------20%35%29%15%1%-- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1916 5C PF
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Base2413113924926077438249009569941047145015831707192828073386390253677834972826224
264338425530652770849919969101211811494162417812221300035584390618984651522727535
0000008499199691012118114941624178122213000355843906189846500
0000008759379811029131615391666185425143193373048797012909700
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Grade: PF 66
Points: 3902
Owner: Leonard Raines
 
Grade: PF 66
Points: 3902
Owner: UPS guy 20
 
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