1916 5C Doubled Die Obverse MS (PCGS# 3931)
The January 2013 Americana Sale
Lot Number: 13136
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1916 Buffalo Nickel. FS-101. Doubled Die Obverse. EF-45 (PCGS). CAC. One of the toughest and most widely recognized doubled die issues of the 20th Century, and especially so in high circulated grades like the present example. Satin smooth nickel-gray surfaces with little more than slight wear on the high points. The doubled date is sharp and clear, visible to the unaided eye. The bison has a full and complete horn outlined on his head. Close examination of the obverse finds other design elements are partially doubled as well, including the lower edge of the inside feather on the Chief's head, his ribbon and braid too show minor doubling. Considering the immense number of coins certified over the last 25 years between both PCGS and NGC it is indeed noteworthy that a mere 252 grading events are recorded between both services of this prized variety. That's a small number, especially considering that most are in far lower grades than the splendid coin offered here. A worthy opportunity for the advanced specialist who demands and deserves quality, rarity and eye appeal.