1916-S $5 (Regular Strike)

Series: Indian Head $5 1908-1929

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

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PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS #:
8532
Designer:
Bela Lyon Pratt
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
21.60 millimeters
Weight:
8.36 grams
Mintage:
240,000
Mint:
San Francisco
Metal:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

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

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade  
	PCGS #8532 (MS) 66+

Jim O'Neal Collection of $5 Indians - Heritage 1/2011:5155, $97,750

1 MS66+ PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection

3 MS66 PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 11/2016:2149, $82,250 - D.L. Hansen Collection

3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 estimated grade

National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution

6 MS65+ PCGS grade  
	MS65+ PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection

6 MS65+ PCGS grade MS65+ PCGS grade
8 MS65 PCGS grade
8 MS65 PCGS grade PCGS #8532 (MS)     65
8 MS65 PCGS grade
 
	PCGS #8532 (MS) 66+ 
#1 MS66+ PCGS grade

Jim O'Neal Collection of $5 Indians - Heritage 1/2011:5155, $97,750

#1 MS66+ PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection

#3 MS66 PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 11/2016:2149, $82,250 - D.L. Hansen Collection

#3 MS66 PCGS grade
#3 MS66 estimated grade

National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution

 
	MS65+ PCGS grade 
#6 MS65+ PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection

MS65+ PCGS grade #6 MS65+ PCGS grade
#8 MS65 PCGS grade
PCGS #8532 (MS)     65 #8 MS65 PCGS grade
#8 MS65 PCGS grade
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.