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. The coin illustrated reveals "woodgrain" toning, which results from incomplete mixing of the copper and nickel. The streaks reveal the action of the planchet strip rolling process.

While the majority of 1917(P) nickels 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: 5/18/2015

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1917 5C MS
Base $ 6.00 6.75 8.50 10.50 17.00 34.00 38.00 42.00 47.00 75.00 105 165 240 540 1175 6300 - - -
$ - - - - 52.00 - 120 185 300 840 2000 8250 -

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Total Graded: 975
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68

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1/16/2007 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #27014, 27014/Lot# 13241 $161.00
2/11/2007 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 1184 $488.75
4/22/2009 PCGS MS 66   Teletrade Auction 2683, 2683/Lot# 1124 $920.00
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
10/27/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/27/2013, 98/Lot# 147942 $29.00
1/26/2014 PCGS MS 92   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 788, 797/Lot# 565 $38.00
1/29/2015 NGC XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 29 - February 1 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1217/Lot# 8088 $199.75
2/15/2015 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131508/Lot# 27466 $176.25

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