Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 11,860,000
Catalog: KM-134
Obverse Designer: James Earle Fraser
Reverse Designer: James Earle Fraser
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5.0000g
Diameter: 21.2mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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: 9/14/2015

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1916 S 5C MS
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Base $ 12.00 15.50 21.00 42.00 75.00 125 135 155 170 195 215 245 310 700 2150 5700 24000 - - -
$ 85.00 - - - - - - 265 400 1000 2800 12250 28500 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 965
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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Price
3/15/2007 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2007 ANA Charlotte National Money Show Auction, Presented by Robert Korver #432, 432/Lot# 257 $2,415.00
5/25/2008 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 3854 $632.50
1/5/2011 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(6), 1151/Lot# 9850 $184.00
11/13/2011 NGC XF 40   Teletrade Auction 3171, 3171/Lot# 1387 $39.00
1/20/2013 PCGS AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 735, 744/Lot# 1045 $160.00
11/10/2013 PCGS Genuine UNC   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/10/2013, 100/Lot# 150550 $132.00
3/31/2015 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 32711 $258.50
8/18/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA, 6104/Lot# 42258 $411.25


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