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
11860000
Weight
5.00 grams
Metal Content
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Country
The United States of America
Pop Higher
0
Pop Lower
1697
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

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

Condition Census

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