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 75.00 125 135 155 170 215 245 310 700 2150 5700 24000 - - -
$ 85.00 - - - - - 265 400 1000 2800 12250 28500 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 962
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
4/28/1999 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1158, 1158/Lot# 1176 $305.20
5/25/2008 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 3854 $632.50
3/31/2011 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers The March 2011 Baltimore Auction, 83/Lot# 1468 $258.75
10/18/2012 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(1), 1175/Lot# 3475 $4,993.75
6/2/2013 PCGS AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/02/2013, 77/Lot# 110655 $143.00
3/16/2014 PCGS MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 795, 804/Lot# 57 $1,900.00
6/4/2014 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 4 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1206/Lot# 5508 $940.00


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