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: 9/29/2020

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1917 D 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 19.00 40.00 60.00 110 185 255 270 300 375 400 500 535 715 950 2000 7250 27500 - - -
$ - - - - 375 425 515 560 725 1325 3350 15000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1108
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 55
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: 4/20/2021 1917 D 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-2955601223751172747116228109129224496----1108
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---------------5------5
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Total-29556012237511727471162281091292294961---1114
 -3%5%5%11%3%5%2%2%4%10%0%3%10%12%21%4%1%0%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1917 D 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base72981312203205396207648298659411028111712581393168328605466754376512108336856
8110916125339356666878684189097010581164130314902075372961587579121282634138699
000000668786841890970105811641303149020753729615875791212800
000000716807853916999108712111348158624684597685176151660600
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 1683
Owner: erwindoc
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 1258
Owner: ad4400
 
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