Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 4,193,000
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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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 have 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 such coins were just struck with the dies having too great a set distance, perhaps to extend their useful life. Another possibility is that the planchets were not properly annealed and remained resistant to striking.

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.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/20/2019

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1917 S 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 27.50 60.00 90.00 120 235 275 325 390 450 450 515 830 1600 2075 4050 6650 27000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 2450 5500 19500 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 841
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67

The chart showing PrAg series, 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: 10/8/2019 1917 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base1263469132302713283887121555715060111---841
---------------1-1----2
---------------33-----6
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Total1263469132302713283887121555715463121---849
 0 %3 %4 %8 %16 %4 %3 %2 %3 %4 %10 %0 %2 %6 %7 %18 %7 %1 %0 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
4/26/2006 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2006 April (CSNS) Signature Auction #404, 404/Lot# 1052 $4,025.00
6/8/2006 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 2216, 2216/Lot# 1033 $4,480.00
2/11/2007 NGC MS 62   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 1190 $604.00
11/11/2012 PCGS MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 725, 734/Lot# 1031 $8,250.00
3/3/2013 NGC Details VF Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/03/2013, 64/Lot# 96849 $55.00
7/18/2014 PCGS XF 45   Stack's Bowers IAuction 3491, 6042/Lot# 21074 $246.75
7/17/2015 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers July 2015 Baltimore Auction, 6105/Lot# 4168 $2,538.00
10/29/2015 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2015 October 29 - November 1 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1225/Lot# 7229 $470.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1917 5C MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base7610215929843764272587490899010361081120615052009258538174841985479602228938814
85121205344505670775885935100510511123130616732201299641586512985412736277970
00000077588593510051051112313061673220129964158651298541273600
00000082489796310211066116414051841239334064500818398541751300
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Grade: XF 40
Points: 642
Owner: mikefromct
 
Grade: F 15
Points: 298
Owner: G A Bussells
 
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