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.

 

PCGS #
3933
Designer
James Earle Fraser
Edge
Plain
Diameter
21.20 millimeters
Weight
5.00 grams
Mintage
11860000
Metal
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Pop Higher
0
Pop Lower
1721
Region
The United States of America
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades
65 or Better 7500 R-3.5 26 / 69 TIE 26 / 72 TIE
All Grades 1400 R-4.8 23 / 69 TIE 23 / 72 TIE
60 or Better 225 R-6.7 23 / 69 TIE 23 / 72 TIE
65 or Better 7500
All Grades 1400
60 or Better 225
65 or Better R-3.5
All Grades R-4.8
60 or Better R-6.7
65 or Better 26 / 69 TIE
All Grades 23 / 69 TIE
60 or Better 23 / 69 TIE
65 or Better 26 / 72 TIE
All Grades 23 / 72 TIE
60 or Better 23 / 72 TIE

Condition Census Learn More

Pos Grade Thumbnail 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 MS66+ PCGS grade
MS67 PCGS grade #1 MS67 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
MS66+ PCGS grade #5 MS66+ PCGS grade