Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 51,424,029
Obverse Designer: James Earle Fraser
Reverse Designer: James Earle Fraser
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5.0000g
Diameter: 21.2mm
Edge: Plain
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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.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/1/2019

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1917 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 5.65 6.75 8.00 10.00 20.00 40.00 42.00 45.00 52.00 60.00 75.00 105 150 245 520 1080 6100 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 275 850 1500 9000 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1045
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68

The chart showing G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 7/9/2019 1917 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-22111758551676-241251933741274951--1045
---------------3------3
----------------13----4
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Total-22111758551676-241251933771285251--1052
 -0 %0 %1 %2 %0 %1 %0 %0 %2 %7 %-2 %12 %18 %36 %12 %5 %0 %0 %-- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
10/6/2000 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2000 October Long Beach Sale #238, 238/Lot# 6070 $379.50
9/23/2007 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 1207 $437.00
1/3/2012 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(9), 1166/Lot# 10111 $402.50
6/17/2012 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 3295, 3295/Lot# 1359 $488.75
2/10/2013 PCGS MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/10/2013, 61/Lot# 99409 $452.95
10/13/2013 PCGS MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 773, 782/Lot# 1058 $220.00
3/10/2015 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Portland ANA, 6103/Lot# 1124 $434.75
7/31/2016 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131632/Lot# 23713 $423.00


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