Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 51,424,029
Catalog: KM-134
Obverse Designer: James Earle Fraser
Reverse Designer: James Earle Fraser
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5.0000g
Diameter: 21.2mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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: 5/18/2015

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1917 5C MS
Base $ 6.00 6.75 8.50 10.50 17.00 34.00 38.00 42.00 47.00 60.00 75.00 105 165 240 540 1175 6300 - - -
$ - - - - 52.00 - - 120 185 300 840 2000 8250 -

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Total Graded: 996
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68

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9/26/2005 PCGS AU 58   Teletrade Auction 2097, 2097/Lot# 1093 $95.20
5/27/2007 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 957 $1,020.00
4/27/2011 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2011 April Rosemont CSNS Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(6), 1154/Lot# 9902 $546.25
8/11/2011 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(6), 1158/Lot# 9461 $431.25
4/21/2013 NGC MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/21/2013, 71/Lot# 110780 $63.80
10/13/2013 PCGS MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 773, 782/Lot# 1058 $220.00
4/1/2014 PCGS MS 63   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 7545 $111.63

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