Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 4,193,000
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 S 5C MS obverse 1917 S 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

While there is a small quantity of extremely well struck 1917 S nickels coined from fresh dies, the vast majority of Mint State survivors are more like the coin illustrated. Though it would please most collectors, there's an overall softness of detail that does not affect one portion of the design in particular. Rather than being the product of die erosion, it appears that this coin and similar ones were just struck with the dies having too great a set distance, perhaps to extend their useful life.

Circulated examples across all grades are fairly scarce, with many being identifiable by only partial remains of numerals 17.

Two styles of S mintmark were used this year. The first punch was created for use with the Lincoln Cent in 1909 and then extended to other denominations, while the second appeared early in 1917 and remained in use as late as 1942. The coin illustrated seems to have the old punch, but a lack of definition makes it hard to say for certain.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/3/2014

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1917 S 5C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 25.00 39.00 78.00 125 210 210 330 350 400 430 460 550 800 1350 2200 5000 8600 54000 - - -
$ 250 340 360 420 445 500 600 1080 1875 2500 7000 12500 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 694
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67


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9/6/2014 AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1209/Lot# 7281
9/6/2014 AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1209/Lot# 7282


Auction Prices Realized

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9/27/2007 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2007 September Long Beach, CA Signature Coin Auction #446, 446/Lot# 683 $4,140.00
8/11/2011 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(1), 1158/Lot# 3440 $3,220.00
12/14/2011 PCGS VF 20   Teletrade Auction 3190, 3190/Lot# 1320 $95.00
9/1/2013 NGC F 15   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/01/2013, 90/Lot# 96720 $77.00
9/25/2013 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 1321 $6,900.00
6/29/2014 PCGS MS 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 162263 $7,500.00
6/23/2014 PCGS MS 62   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3487, 6036/Lot# 20121 $540.50
7/13/2014 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 812, 821/Lot# 340 $300.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1917 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base761021391832373364565636136466957257548201351184326143719515879602228938814
841141532012703764915796246627057347769971515210029824198609212736277970
000000491579624662705734776997151521002982419860921273600
0000005275966356787157447981174167923573350467870261751200
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 5158
Owner: misujry
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 695
Owner: ad4400
 
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