Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 9,910,800
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 D 5C MS obverse 1917 D 5C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Despite a high mintage for the time, this issue is scarce across all grades. Gems are rare, due in no small part to the typically average to poor strikes for 1917 D.

Like most Denver Mint coins of the late 1910s and '20s, this issue is also subject to myriad die cracks. There was something about the way the Denver Mint readied its dies and planchets for the press that caused them crack with great frequency.

Two styles of D mintmark were used for most denominations this year. The coin illustrated has the new punch which debuted in 1917 and remained in use as late as 1934. Collector interest in the transitional D and S mintmarks of 1917 is nearly non-existant, and no study has been published of their relative rarities.

The so-called 3-1/2 legged variety is not a true variety at all, but merely a die state. Therefore, it is not recognized by NGC.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/7/2019

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1917 D 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 25.00 45.00 74.00 100.00 180 265 285 305 360 390 515 520 670 1170 2125 10750 30000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 750 1600 3350 16000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1067
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 66

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 7/16/2019 1917 D 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-2752571113642152245111228107129228505----1067
------------------1---1
---------------3------3
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Total-27525711136421522451112281071292315051---1071
 -3 %5 %5 %10 %3 %4 %1 %2 %4 %10 %0 %3 %10 %12 %22 %5 %0 %0 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
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Price
2/5/2006 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg February 5-8, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 34/Lot# 578 $17,250.00
3/19/2007 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 2342, 2342/Lot# 1257 $1,036.00
6/7/2009 PCGS AU 58   Teletrade Auction 2702, 2702/Lot# 1334 $345.00
2/17/2013 PCGS AU 53   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 739, 748/Lot# 67 $300.00
2/2/2014 PCGS XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/02/2014, 177/Lot# 168314 $160.60
6/3/2014 PCGS AU 55   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 3694 $211.50
9/13/2015 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131538/Lot# 27056 $129.25


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