1916 5C Doubled Die Obverse (Regular Strike)

Series: Buffalo Five Cents 1913-1938

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64

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OBVERSE DETAIL

OBVERSE DETAIL

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64

PCGS #:
3931
Designer:
James Earle Fraser
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
21.20 millimeters
Weight:
5.00 grams
Mintage:
63,498,066
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Major Varieties

Die Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 400 R-6.2 3 / 69 3 / 72
60 or Better 10 R-9.5 2 / 69 2 / 72
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 69 1 / 72
Survival Estimate
All Grades 400
60 or Better 10
65 or Better
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-6.2
60 or Better R-9.5
65 or Better R-10.1
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 3 / 69
60 or Better 2 / 69
65 or Better 1 / 69
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 3 / 72
60 or Better 2 / 72
65 or Better 1 / 72

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade

Heritage 9/2005:1853, $264,500 - Joseph C. Thomas Collection - Heritage 4/2009:2131, $184,000

1 MS64 PCGS grade  
	MS64 PCGS grade

Legend Rare Coin Auctions 12/2016:125, not sold

1 MS64 PCGS grade

James Lull Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/2005:320, $161,000 - Scott Rudolph Collection - Heritage 1/2009:3640, $195,500 - Goldbergs 2/2013:1169, not sold

1 MS64 PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena 9/2004:376, $281,750

5 MS63 PCGS grade

Legend Rare Coin Auctions 6/2015:240, $146,875 - Cuyuna Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

5 MS63 estimated grade

Bowers & Merena 4/2008:196, $276,000

5 MS63 estimated grade

Teton Ranch Collection - Heritage 1/2012:3088, $172,500

8 MS62 PCGS grade

Richmond Collection - David Lawrence 7/2004:3034, $115,000 - Franklinton Collection - American Numismatic Rarities 8/2006:216, $126,500 - Goldbergs 9/2007:2531, $163,500 - subsequently graded PCGS MS62 14604953

8 MS62 PCGS grade
8 MS62 PCGS grade
#1 MS64 PCGS grade

Heritage 9/2005:1853, $264,500 - Joseph C. Thomas Collection - Heritage 4/2009:2131, $184,000

 
	MS64 PCGS grade 
#1 MS64 PCGS grade

Legend Rare Coin Auctions 12/2016:125, not sold

#1 MS64 PCGS grade

James Lull Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/2005:320, $161,000 - Scott Rudolph Collection - Heritage 1/2009:3640, $195,500 - Goldbergs 2/2013:1169, not sold

#1 MS64 PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena 9/2004:376, $281,750

#5 MS63 PCGS grade

Legend Rare Coin Auctions 6/2015:240, $146,875 - Cuyuna Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

#5 MS63 estimated grade

Bowers & Merena 4/2008:196, $276,000

#5 MS63 estimated grade

Teton Ranch Collection - Heritage 1/2012:3088, $172,500

#8 MS62 PCGS grade

Richmond Collection - David Lawrence 7/2004:3034, $115,000 - Franklinton Collection - American Numismatic Rarities 8/2006:216, $126,500 - Goldbergs 9/2007:2531, $163,500 - subsequently graded PCGS MS62 14604953

#8 MS62 PCGS grade
#8 MS62 PCGS grade
Jaime Hernandez:

The 1916 Doubled Die Buffalo nickel is the most popular doubled die variety for the entire Buffalo nickel series.

There are about 200 examples known. Most examples exist in VF grades. There are less than 15 mint state examples known with the highest being two coins in MS64 condition. The doubling is very dramatic mostly going south east of the date and also on the Indian Chiefs lips and chin. This variety is very prominent and it can easily be seen with the naked eye.