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
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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
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 25.00 39.00 78.00 125 210 330 350 400 430 550 800 1350 2200 5000 8600 54000 - - -
$ 250 340 360 420 445 600 1080 1875 2500 7000 12500 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 721
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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5/6/1994 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 1994 St. Louis Bullet Sale #119, 119/Lot# 77 $2,420.00
1/25/2004 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 1680 $1,897.50
1/2/2013 PCGS VF 35   Teletrade Auction 3410, 3410/Lot# 1071 $95.00
8/11/2013 PCGS AU 50   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 764, 773/Lot# 559 $300.00
12/22/2013 PCGS G 4   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/22/2013, 106/Lot# 124441 $96.00
6/4/2014 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 4 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1206/Lot# 3434 $940.00
2/6/2015 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3520, 6089/Lot# 22043 $323.13


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1917 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base7610215929843764272587490899010361081120615052009258538174841985479602228938814
85121205344505670775885935100510511123130616732201299641586512985412736277970
00000077588593510051051112313061673220129964158651298541273600
00000082489796310211066116414051841239334064500818398541751300
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 9854
Owner: misujry
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 1036
Owner: ad4400
 
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