Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 4,193,000
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 S 5C MS obverse 1917 S 5C MS reverse

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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

While there is a small quantity of extremely well struck 1917 S nickels coined from fresh dies, the vast majority of Mint State survivors are more like the coin illustrated. Though it would please most collectors, there's an overall softness of detail that does not affect one portion of the design in particular. Rather than being the product of die erosion, it appears that this coin and similar ones were just struck with the dies having too great a set distance, perhaps to extend their useful life.

Circulated examples across all grades are fairly scarce, with many being identifiable by only partial remains of numerals 17.

Two styles of S mintmark were used this year. The first punch was created for use with the Lincoln Cent in 1909 and then extended to other denominations, while the second appeared early in 1917 and remained in use as late as 1942. The coin illustrated seems to have the old punch, but a lack of definition makes it hard to say for certain.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/1/2015

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1917 S 5C MS
Base $ 25.00 39.00 78.00 125 225 330 350 400 440 475 560 750 1300 1975 5100 9000 57500 - - -
$ 250 - - - - - 600 900 1700 2450 5750 16500 - -

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Total Graded: 766
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67

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12/14/2011 PCGS VF 20   Teletrade Auction 3190, 3190/Lot# 1320 $95.00
3/3/2013 NGC VF 35   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/03/2013, 64/Lot# 96718 $121.00
1/26/2014 NGC XF 45   Goldberg January 26-28, 2014 January Pre-Long Beach Sale 17.5% BP, 78/Lot# 1023 $165.00
4/21/2014 PCGS MS 62   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3478, 6027/Lot# 20041 $540.50
9/7/2014 PCGS MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 820, 829/Lot# 843 $950.00
11/2/2014 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131445/Lot# 23171 $340.75
10/29/2015 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2015 October 29 - November 1 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1225/Lot# 7231 $616.88
1/6/2016 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2016 January 6 - 11 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Tampa Session(3), 1231/Lot# 4810 $3,290.00
8/10/2016 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2016 August 10 - 14 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Anaheim Session(1), 1238/Lot# 3457 $5,757.50

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1917 S 5C MS
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 1036
Owner: ad4400
Grade: AU 55
Points: 990
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