1916-S 5C MS60

CERTIFICATION#: -38556
PCGS#: 3933

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Sold by B. Max Mehl Jun '41 price realized $2.1

Expert Comments

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.

 

Diameter: 21.20 millimeters Designer: James Earle Fraser Edge: Plain
Mintage: 11,860,000 Weight: 5.00 grams Metal Content: 75% Copper, 25% Nickel
2
5
1
3
9
10
19
2
15
28
5
25
50
3
45+
100
50+
120
53+
130
55+
140
58+
175
60
190
9
62+
255
63+
340
1
64+
875
1
65+
2,700
1
66+
7,500
1

Rarity and Survival Estimates

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

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