Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 9,910,800
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
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1917 D 5C MS obverse 1917 D 5C MS reverse

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There are no varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

Despite a high mintage for the time, this issue is scarce across all grades. Gems are rare, due in no small part to the typically average to poor strikes for 1917 D (note the flatness in the Indian's central hair and the bison's head on the example illustrated).

Like most Denver Mint coins of the late 1910s and '20s, this issue is also subject to myriad die cracks. There was something about the way the Denver Mint readied its dies and planchets for the press that caused them crack with great frequency.

Two styles of D mintmark were used for most denominations this year. The coin illustrated has the new punch which debuted in 1917 and remained in use as late as 1934. Collector interest in the transitional D and S mintmarks of 1917 is nearly non-existant, and no study has been published of their relative rarities.

The so-called 3-1/2 legged variety is not a true variety at all, but merely a die state. Therefore, it is not recognized by NGC.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/3/2014

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1917 D 5C MS
Base $ 19.00 30.00 55.00 85.00 165 165 270 305 325 370 425 485 590 700 975 2700 11500 26000 - - -
$ 200 290 325 350 400 465 535 700 900 1625 4350 15000 - -
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Total Graded: 862
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66

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1/15/2005 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions Continuous Internet Auction #65014, 65014/Lot# 24086 $860.20
7/7/2011 NGC VF 30   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 599, 606/Lot# 5103 $83.95
11/27/2011 PCGS VF 25   Teletrade Auction 3179, 3179/Lot# 1374 $103.50
12/23/2012 PCGS G 4   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/23/2012, 54/Lot# 86440 $79.20
6/3/2014 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 3693 $505.25
6/3/2014 PCGS AU 55   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 3694 $211.50
9/22/2014 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 1319 $16,100.00
1/4/2015 PCGS VG 10   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131502/Lot# 23175 $152.75

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