1916-S 5C (Regular Strike)

Series: Buffalo Five Cents 1913-1938

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

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PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS #:
3933
Designer:
James Earle Fraser
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
21.20 millimeters
Weight:
5.00 grams
Mintage:
11,860,000
Mint:
San Francisco
Metal:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Major 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 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
Survival Estimate
All Grades 7,500
60 or Better 1,400
65 or Better 225
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-3.5
60 or Better R-4.8
65 or Better R-6.7
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 26 / 69 TIE
60 or Better 23 / 69 TIE
65 or Better 23 / 69 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 26 / 72 TIE
60 or Better 23 / 72 TIE
65 or Better 23 / 72 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade
5 MS66+ PCGS grade
6 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade
6 MS66 PCGS grade PCGS #3933 (MS)     66
6 MS66 PCGS grade
6 MS66 PCGS grade
6 MS66 PCGS grade
MS67 PCGS grade #1 MS67 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#5 MS66+ PCGS grade
MS66 PCGS grade #6 MS66 PCGS grade
PCGS #3933 (MS)     66 #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.