Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Philadelphia
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 DOUBLED DIE OBV 5C MS obverse 1916 DOUBLED DIE OBV 5C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

One of the most dramatic and popular varieties of this series is the boldly doubled obverse for 1916. The date, feathers and hair ribbon are all distinctly duplicated. This variety was not reported until the 1960s, and only a handful of Mint State pieces have surfaced since that time. Circulated examples are likewise quite scarce, a few of them being revealed through the use of acid to restore the date on heavily worn nickels. This variety is still identifiable by other doubled features than the date, but such coins are worth much less.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/3/2019

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1916 DOUBLED DIE OBV 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 4690 6950 9060 15700 23500 30200 33300 36300 49000 60500 75000 115000 163000 242000 - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 105
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 64

The chart showing PrAg series, 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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 7/9/2019 1916 DOUBLED DIE OBV 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base2710121271054195-2-55------105
---------------1------1
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Total2710121271054195-2-56------106
 2 %7 %9 %11 %11 %7 %9 %5 %4 %18 %5 %-2 %-5 %6 %------ 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
9/20/2004 PCGS G 6   Teletrade Auction 1938, 1938/Lot# 1135 $1,430.00
9/23/2007 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 2531 $163,300.00
1/31/2008 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 217, 223/Lot# 8028 $51,922.50
2/28/2012 PCGS VF 30   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 4048 $23,115.00
8/5/2012 PCGS G 4   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131233/Lot# 22075 $4,112.50
6/23/2013 PCGS G 6   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/23/2013, 80/Lot# 123269 $5,797.00
10/8/2014 PCGS VF 25   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 8 - 13 PNG New York Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1210/Lot# 4670 $9,987.50
2/5/2015 PCGS MS 98   Stack's Bowers 2015 Americana Auction, 6070/Lot# 1357 $3,290.00
4/25/2019 NGC XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2019 April 25 - 28 Central States (CSNS) US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1294/Lot# 3688 $12,600.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1916 DOUBLED 5C MS DIE OBV
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base30093264413247715526725176518022831585649141979710113124991389916095187231960120423212714574369767
3094355343455022610173847774811983988756935999021090812965146311697119015198752070529428537510
000000777481198398875693599902109081296514631169711901519875207052942800
0000007898821784818948957810007117031343215363178471930820149209883758500
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 16454
Owner: supreme coins and collectibles
 
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