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: 6/21/2019

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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 2175 4050 7200 28500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 2450 5500 19500 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 837
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: 7/16/2019 1917 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base1263467131302712283887120565715060111---837
---------------1-1----2
---------------33-----6
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Total1263467131302712283887120565715463121---845
 0 %3 %4 %8 %16 %4 %3 %1 %3 %4 %10 %0 %2 %7 %7 %18 %7 %1 %0 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
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9/6/2004 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 544 $1,840.00
4/5/2010 PCGS VF 25   Teletrade Auction 2834, 2834/Lot# 1198 $97.75
3/17/2013 PCGS AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/17/2013, 66/Lot# 104626 $320.21
8/11/2013 PCGS AU 50   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 764, 773/Lot# 559 $300.00
2/6/2015 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3520, 6089/Lot# 22043 $323.13
7/12/2015 PCGS VF 25   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131529/Lot# 25073 $84.00
9/7/2016 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2016 September 7 - 11 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(6), 1239/Lot# 7345 $998.75
3/20/2018 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131813/Lot# 27286 $432.00


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