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.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/17/2017

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1917 5C MS
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Base $ 6.00 7.00 8.50 10.50 18.00 35.00 40.00 45.00 50.00 60.00 75.00 105 160 245 565 1075 6750 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1014
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68


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11/4/2017 MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2017 November 2 - 4 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(1), 1261/Lot# 16295


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4/9/2007 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 134, 139/Lot# 109 $184.00
6/3/2008 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #28062, 28062/Lot# 22178 $218.50
4/24/2011 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 3053, 3053/Lot# 1189 $546.25
6/10/2012 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/10/2012, 26/Lot# 54607 $25.00
3/18/2013 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 3422, 3422/Lot# 1250 $160.00
4/1/2014 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 7544 $182.13
9/22/2014 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 1318 $1,121.25


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