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
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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Total Graded: 715
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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1/25/2004 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 1680 $1,897.50
9/18/2011 PCGS VG 10   Teletrade Auction 3139, 3139/Lot# 1381 $36.00
10/17/2012 PCGS AU 55   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 24344 $230.00
7/7/2013 PCGS VF 25   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 759, 768/Lot# 328 $95.00
9/29/2013 NGC VF 30   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/29/2013, 94/Lot# 96719 $110.00
7/4/2014 PCGS MS 62   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3489, 6040/Lot# 21138 $540.50
9/4/2014 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1209/Lot# 7282 $470.00
1/4/2015 PCGS Genuine AU   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131502/Lot# 23962 $329.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1917 S 5C MS
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 5158
Owner: misujry
Grade: AU 58
Points: 695
Owner: ad4400
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