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
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
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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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1304
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66

The chart showing G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 1/15/2018 1916 D 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-2713522342222575143749239260292494----1304
----------------11----2
---------------2------2
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Total-2713522342222575143749239260294505----1308
 -0 %1 %1 %4 %2 %3 %2 %2 %6 %11 %1 %4 %18 %20 %22 %4 %0 %---- 

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11/27/1996 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 0897, 897/Lot# 1187 $163.50
9/15/2003 NGC MS 63   Goldberg September 15-17, 2003 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 21/Lot# 190 $253.00
12/11/2006 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 117, 122/Lot# 383 $201.25
2/19/2008 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2008 February Long Beach, CA US Coin Final Session #461, 461/Lot# 7322 $402.50
2/3/2011 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2011 February Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1152/Lot# 7661 $402.50
3/8/2012 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2012 March 8-9 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(3), 1168/Lot# 7383 $431.25
12/17/2013 NGC MS 64   Bonhams Coins and Medals Featuring the Robbins Collection of US Gold Coins, 21037/Lot# 1029 $374.00
9/7/2014 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/07/2014, 191/Lot# 209571 $201.00
6/28/2015 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3533, 6112/Lot# 20308 $141.00


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