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: 9/20/2019

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1917 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 5.50 6.50 8.00 10.00 20.00 40.00 42.00 45.00 52.00 60.00 75.00 105 150 260 490 970 6100 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 275 850 1500 9000 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1054
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: 10/8/2019 1917 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-23111759551678-241271943751275051--1054
---------------3------3
----------------13----4
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Total-23111759551678-241271943781285351--1061
 -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
7/17/1996 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 0859, 859/Lot# 1154 $109.00
4/28/2002 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2002 April Columbus,OH (CSNS) Bullet Sale #289, 289/Lot# 320 $143.75
1/15/2008 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2008 January Orlando, FL (FUN) US Coin Final Session #455, 455/Lot# 7838 $462.30
5/25/2008 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 3855 $718.75
11/20/2008 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 302, 308/Lot# 10050 $402.50
2/10/2013 PCGS MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/10/2013, 61/Lot# 99409 $452.95
8/18/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA, 6104/Lot# 42259 $677.98
4/26/2017 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2017 April 26 - 30 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(6), 1254/Lot# 8737 $646.25


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