Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 9,910,800
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 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: 7/9/2015

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1917 D 5C MS
Base $ 19.00 30.00 55.00 85.00 165 270 290 345 400 425 525 610 710 950 2700 9900 27000 - - -
$ 200 - - - - - - - 800 1400 3850 15000 - -

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Total Graded: 1001
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 66

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6/12/2006 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 91, 96/Lot# 236 $310.50
2/11/2007 NGC MS 64   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 1188 $1,093.00
4/5/2010 PCGS VG 8   Teletrade Auction 2834, 2834/Lot# 1196 $172.50
7/7/2011 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2011 July Orlando Summer FUN Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1157/Lot# 7644 $747.50
1/13/2013 NGC VF 35   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131304/Lot# 20885 $76.00
6/29/2014 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 203766 $400.00
8/11/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA, 6104/Lot# 233 $1,645.00
7/7/2016 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2016 July 7 - 10 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Summer FUN Session(5), 1237/Lot# 7200 $822.50

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