Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 600
Catalog: KM-134
Obverse Designer: James Earle Fraser
Reverse Designer: James Earle Fraser
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5.0000g
Diameter: 21.2mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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: 4/21/2016

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1916 5C PF
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Total Graded: 170
Low Grade: 64
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 68

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Auction Prices Realized

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5/27/2009 PCGS PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2009 May Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1125, 1125/Lot# 344 $3,220.00
12/2/2010 NGC PF 67   Heritage Auctions 2010 December Houston Signature US Coin Auction Session(1), 1147/Lot# 3377 $9,775.00
12/22/2010 NGC PF 65   Teletrade Auction 2983, 2983/Lot# 1301 $3,220.00
1/3/2011 NGC PF 64   Stack's Bowers The January 2011 Tampa Bay Rarities Sale, 70/Lot# 288 $2,817.50
1/5/2011 PCGS PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(2), 1151/Lot# 4488 $3,162.50
5/29/2011 PCGS PF 66   Goldberg May 29 - June 1, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction of US, World Coins and Currency, 63/Lot# 698 $3,795.00
11/10/2011 NGC PF 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 635, 642/Lot# 7104 $3,990.50
3/8/2012 PCGS PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2012 March 8-9 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1168/Lot# 3212 $2,127.50
4/22/2015 PCGS PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1219/Lot# 3641 $2,937.50

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1916 5C PF
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Grade: PF 66
Points: 3902
Owner: Leonard Raines
Grade: PF 66
Points: 3902
Owner: rmsent
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