Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 13,333,000
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 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: 7/9/2015

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1916 D 5C MS
Base $ 17.00 27.00 32.00 43.00 90.00 110 115 130 150 170 185 215 275 575 2000 8800 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 325 950 3000 24675 - -

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Total Graded: 1262
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66

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1/5/1994 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 1994 F.U.N. Bullet Sale #115, 115/Lot# 124 $357.50
5/25/2008 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 3853 $1,121.25
6/8/2009 PCGS AU 55   Teletrade Auction 2703, 2703/Lot# 1154 $195.50
7/28/2013 PCGS MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 762, 771/Lot# 781 $352.00
12/8/2013 PCGS AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/08/2013, 104/Lot# 151501 $192.50
12/17/2013 NGC MS 64   Bonhams Coins and Medals Featuring the Robbins Collection of US Gold Coins, 21037/Lot# 1029 $374.00
1/8/2014 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1201/Lot# 3824 $7,050.00
5/5/2014 PCGS AU 53   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3480, 6029/Lot# 20079 $132.78

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