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
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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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2/5/2006 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg February 5-8, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 34/Lot# 578 $17,250.00
1/6/2010 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2010 January Orlando, FL FUN US Coin Auction #1136, 1136/Lot# 7626 $718.75
1/3/2012 PCGS VG 10   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(9), 1166/Lot# 10112 $632.50
8/2/2012 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(5), 1173/Lot# 7560 $763.75
11/12/2012 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 3380, 3380/Lot# 1254 $833.75
11/3/2013 PCGS F 12   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/03/2013, 99/Lot# 149065 $220.00
11/17/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/17/2013, 101/Lot# 152070 $115.50
1/26/2014 PCGS MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 788, 797/Lot# 566 $450.00
7/4/2014 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3489, 6040/Lot# 21137 $522.88

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