Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 13,333,000
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 D 5C MS obverse 1916 D 5C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

This issue is fairly common across most grades. The typical example is not quite fully struck, with weakness in the Indian's hair above the knot and on the highest relief portion of the bison's coat, just above the foreleg. Luster is usually good, though it may be interrupted by furrows on coins struck from very worn dies.

An oddity of the date on 1916 nickels of all three mints is that numeral 6 is noticeably taller than the others. Since the other three numerals were already in place when the master die for this year was sunk, the engraver had only to add this final numeral, but he evidently misjudged the size.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/17/2017

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1916 D 5C MS
Base $ 18.00 28.00 35.00 45.00 85.00 115 120 135 145 165 185 210 280 550 1800 8950 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 675 2900 25000 - -

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Total Graded: 1279
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66

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9/6/2004 NGC MS 64   Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 541 $546.00
3/1/2006 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2006 March Palm Beach, FL Signature Auction #412, 412/Lot# 336 $460.00
6/7/2009 PCGS AU 58   Teletrade Auction 2702, 2702/Lot# 1333 $149.50
6/10/2012 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/10/2012, 26/Lot# 54606 $19.00
9/9/2012 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131238/Lot# 22070 $176.25
2/10/2013 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 738, 747/Lot# 1047 $240.00
12/17/2013 NGC MS 64   Bonhams Coins and Medals Featuring the Robbins Collection of US Gold Coins, 21037/Lot# 1029 $374.00
4/1/2014 PCGS AU 58   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 7543 $105.75
8/17/2014 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131434/Lot# 27637 $135.13

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