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: 934
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68


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4/3/2000 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1291, 1291/Lot# 1162 $174.40
4/25/2005 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Richmond Sale, Internet-Only Auction, 40/Lot# 269 $143.75
2/11/2007 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 1184 $488.75
4/28/2009 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2009 April-May Cincinnati, OH (CSNS) US Coin Auction #1124, 1124/Lot# 1487 $4,887.50
11/20/2011 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131148/Lot# 29026 $115.00
2/26/2012 NGC Details VF Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/26/2012, 9/Lot# 36333 $13.00
5/30/2012 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 2427 $1,192.63
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1218 $1,880.00


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