Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 11,860,000
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 S 5C MS obverse 1916 S 5C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The booming wartime economy boosted production at all three mints, even though America was not yet a participant in actual warfare until the following year. This issue had a high mintage for a San Francisco coin, and worn examples are only slightly scarce. They'd be far more available were it not for this coin type's exposed dates that wore away so quickly.

Those few Mint State examples surviving from fresh dies are extremely bold and attractive, but most MS pieces show various degrees of die erosion and blurring of the peripheral design elements, such as the mintmark and designer's initial. 1916-S nickels become quite scarce at the gem level (MS 65 and higher).

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/20/2019

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1916 S 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 15.00 22.00 34.00 55.00 100.00 135 145 155 175 210 220 235 340 680 2600 4625 28500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 370 925 2900 12250 32500 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1052
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67

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, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1916 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-6916462724131658145-4017817223945171---1052
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--------------15311---11
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Total-6916462724131658145-4017817324450182---1065
 -1 %1 %2 %4 %3 %2 %1 %2 %5 %14 %-4 %17 %16 %23 %5 %2 %0 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
8/7/1998 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 1998 ANA Signature Sale #190, 190/Lot# 6216 $2,472.50
9/23/2007 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 2533 $2,070.00
2/21/2010 PCGS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 2814, 2814/Lot# 1319 $86.25
9/9/2012 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131238/Lot# 22667 $105.75
10/14/2012 NGC Details AU Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/14/2012, 44/Lot# 75945 $55.00
3/23/2014 PCGS MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 796, 805/Lot# 751 $275.00
7/20/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers July 2015 Baltimore Auction, 6105/Lot# 30828 $998.75


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