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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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

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: 7/9/2015

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1917 S 5C MS
Base $ 25.00 39.00 78.00 125 225 330 350 400 440 560 750 1300 2050 5100 9000 57500 - - -
$ 250 - - - - 600 900 1700 2450 5750 16500 - -

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Total Graded: 734
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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12/15/1997 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1006, 1006/Lot# 1138 $1,296.00
2/10/2008 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 1942 $10,350.00
2/17/2013 NGC Details F Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/17/2013, 62/Lot# 96844 $37.51
3/3/2013 NGC VF 35   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/03/2013, 64/Lot# 96718 $121.00
4/24/2013 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1184/Lot# 1536 $9,987.50
7/4/2014 PCGS MS 62   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3489, 6040/Lot# 21138 $540.50
7/13/2014 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 812, 821/Lot# 340 $300.00
6/4/2015 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2015 June 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1221/Lot# 3371 $1,527.50

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1917 S 5C MS
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 1036
Owner: ad4400
Grade: AU 55
Points: 990
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