Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 51,424,029
Catalog: KM-134
Obverse Designer: James Earle Fraser
Reverse Designer: James Earle Fraser
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5.00 Grams
Diameter: 21.2mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1917 5C MS obverse 1917 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This was a very high mintage issue, and examples are common across all grades through MS 65. While the majority of these are reasonably well struck, a small handful are extraordinarily sharp from fresh, unworn dies. These coins are the ones periodically submitted for certification as one of the rumored proofs. Each such piece seen by NGC has failed to measure up to the standards of known 1913-16 proofs, though they may still bring some premium for their outstanding quality.

Two doubled-die reverse varieties are known for this issue, though only FS-801 distinctive enough to command general interest and a strong premium. NGC recognizes this DDR under its VarietyPlus Service.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/3/2014

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1917 5C MS
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Base $ 6.00 6.75 8.50 10.50 17.00 17.00 34.00 38.00 42.00 47.00 60.00 75.00 105 160 240 575 1175 6000 - - -
$ - 37.00 40.00 45.00 52.00 67.00 80.00 115 175 365 800 1900 7900 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 939
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68


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7/12/2007 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2007 Summer F.U.N. (July, West Palm Beach, FL) Signature Coin Auction #442, 442/Lot# 377 $977.50
5/25/2008 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 3855 $718.75
8/17/2009 PCGS MS 62   Teletrade Auction 2733, 2733/Lot# 1261 $80.50
2/26/2012 NGC Details VF Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/26/2012, 9/Lot# 36333 $13.00
7/8/2012 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131229/Lot# 24068 $172.50
1/26/2014 PCGS MS 92   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 788, 797/Lot# 565 $38.00
4/1/2014 PCGS MS 63   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 7545 $111.63


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