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: 1/17/2017

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1916 S 5C MS
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Base $ 12.00 17.00 25.00 48.00 80.00 125 135 145 160 190 215 250 340 725 2200 4900 26000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 370 925 2500 12250 32500 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 974
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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7/11/2010 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 2886, 2886/Lot# 1346 $264.50
9/6/2012 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2012 September 6-9 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(4), 1174/Lot# 7623 $499.38
10/14/2012 NGC Details AU Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/14/2012, 44/Lot# 75945 $55.00
2/3/2013 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg February 3-6, 2013 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 72/Lot# 1168 $4,370.00
7/28/2013 PCGS AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 762, 771/Lot# 568 $160.00
7/20/2015 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers July 2015 Baltimore Auction, 6105/Lot# 30827 $1,116.25
12/20/2015 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131552/Lot# 29057 $162.15


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