1916-S $5 MS63

CERTIFICATION#: -27459
PCGS#: 8532

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Sold by Bowers and Merena Nov '83 price realized $1320

Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88): Due to the existence of a small hoard of approximately 200 pieces that surfaced a few years ago, it is possible to locate this issue in MS-63 or lower grade with only a moderate amount of difficulty. Since the hoard did not contain any gem or even MS-64 quality coins that I am aware of, at the higher levels this date is still quite rare, although it is more often available in MS-65 condition than any San Francisco Mint Indian Head $5 other than the 1908-S. There are several MS-65+ specimens known and a few others that might even reasonably be called "Superb."

The 1916-S is invariably well struck and the mint mark is bold but lacking definition. Most of the known Mint State specimens are from the same hoard, and they typically have frosty, very finely granular surfaces and only average lustre. A few pieces (not from the hoard) have excellent lustre and surfaces that, while not exactly as satiny as some 1908-S or 1915-S specimens, are more satiny than frosty. Most of the hoard coins have a light greenish gold and orange toning. Other examples of this issue vary from bright yellow gold to rose colored gold to a medium coppery color.

Diameter: 21.60 millimeters Designer: Bela Lyon Pratt Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 240,000 Weight: 8.24 grams Metal Content: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
12
460
1
15
470
20
480
25
490
35
505
3
40
525
14
45+
540
50+
550
53+
560
55+
640
58+
1,250
63+
7,600
3
64+
15,000
15
65+
40,000
1
66+
120,000
2

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 4,333 R-4.1 12 / 24 TIE 12 / 24 TIE
60 or Better 1,850 R-4.6 13 / 24 13 / 24
65 or Better 27 R-8.9 13 / 24 TIE 13 / 24 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
4 MS65+ PCGS grade Simpson Collection
5 MS65 PCGS grade