How much are my U.S. 1916/16 nickel worth?

About 1916/16 Buffalo Nickels

The 1916 doubled die Buffalo nickel is an extremely rare and popular error variety, and it’s certainly the most sought-after doubled die in the entire series. One reason this coin is so well pursued by collectors is that the doubling is clearly visible with the naked eye and is most prominent in the date as well as in the mouth area of the Indian chief.

Survival estimates for this issue range from 200 to 500 pieces. Among this small group of survivors, this coin is most commonly encountered in the mid-range circulated grades between Fine and Extremely Fine. The coin becomes extremely tough going up the grading scale to About Uncirculated and is all but elusive in the uncirculated grades, with less than two dozen known survivors. Presently, MS64 is the highest grade awarded by either PCGS or NGC, with a PCGS example once snagging more $250,000 in a 2013 Legend Rare Coins auction.

Coin Date: 1916/1916
Denom: 5c / Nickel
Desg: MS
Mint Mark: P
Mint Location: Philadelphia
Mintage: 63,497,466
Coinage Type: Buffalo Nickels, Type 2 (FIVE CENTS in Recess)
Coinage Years: 1913-1938
Composition: 75% copper; 25% nickel
Variety 2: Doubled Die Obverse
Strike Type: Business
Diameter: 21.2 mm
Weight: 5 gr
Designer: James Earle Fraser
Edge: Plain
PCGS #: 3931

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