1916 Doubled Die Buffalo Nickel

The 1916 Doubled Die Buffalo Nickel (Buy on eBay) is a true rarity of the series, and more broadly an important rarity of 20th century United States coinage. Strong doubling is apparent on all digits of the date, as well as the Indian’s profile and the feathers at the back of the head. The coin is rare in all grades, and even circulated coins with no date bring strong prices.

1916 Double Die Buffalo Nickel

It is estimated that fewer than 250 examples of this scarce issue still exist. The doubled die was not discovered until decades after its production, which greatly reduced the survival rate. Most survivors tend to be circulated examples, with fewer than 15 examples known to have survived in mint state grades. The highest graded examples by PCGS and NGC are a handful of coins graded MS64. Apparently, no gems have survived.

Even though this issue is many times scarcer, it is considerably less well known than the 1955 Doubled Die Lincoln Cent. More recently, the 1916 Double Die Buffalo Nickel has gained some popularity, with Mint State examples generating strong attention when they appear at auction.

Coin Specifications

  • Designer: James Earle Fraser
  • Composition: 75% copper, 25% nickel
  • Diameter: 21.2 mm
  • Weight: 5.00 grams
  • Edge: plain

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