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SERIES: Buffalo Five Cents 1913-1938
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1916-S 5C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+
PCGS #:
3933
Diameter:
21.20 millimeters
Designer:
James Earle Fraser
Weight:
5.00 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
11,860,000
Metal Content:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Auction Record:
$26,450 • PCGS MS67 • 1-1-2003 • Bowers & Merena
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2
5
1
2
3
9
3
4
14
6
4
6
15
3
6
10
19
4
10
15
28
8
15
20
45
7
20
25
50
5
25
30
55
17
30
45+
100
45+
50+
120
50+
53+
130
53+
55+
140
55+
60
190
9
60
62+
255
62+
63+
400
1
63+
66+
12,000
3
66+
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 7,500 R-3.5 26 / 69 TIE 26 / 72 TIE
60 or Better 1,400 R-4.8 23 / 69 TIE 23 / 72 TIE
65 or Better 225 R-6.7 23 / 69 TIE 23 / 72 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
5 MS66+ PCGS grade
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
5 MS66+ PCGS grade
6 MS66 PCGS grade
6 MS66 PCGS grade
6 MS66 PCGS grade  
6 MS66 PCGS grade  
6 MS66 PCGS grade  

David Hall: In circulated grades, the 1916-S is the least rare of the 1913 to 1919 San Francisco Mint Buffalo nickels, and though it has a slightly lower mintage, it is not quite as scarce as the 1916-D. In mint state condition, it is also a little easier to find than the other S Mints of the era, but in Gem MS65 or better the 1916-S is quite rare. It is rarer in gem condition than the 1913-S Type 2, 1914-S, and 1915-S. The 1916-S can be found well struck, but they are some less than fully struck survivors. Luster is typically somewhat frosty and is usually excellent on higher grade mint state specimens.