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: 1/17/2017

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1917 S 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 27.00 40.00 80.00 115 225 300 325 380 425 450 515 800 1400 2075 4500 7700 40000 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 792
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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5/27/2007 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 960 $1,840.00
8/31/2011 PCGS F 12   Teletrade Auction 3129, 3129/Lot# 1119 $63.25
1/20/2013 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 735, 744/Lot# 1048 $565.00
3/17/2013 PCGS AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/17/2013, 66/Lot# 104626 $320.21
5/25/2014 PCGS MS 62   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3483, 6032/Lot# 22141 $540.50
11/6/2014 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2014 November 6 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(5), 1211/Lot# 7401 $573.40
1/18/2015 PCGS VF 35   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3517, 6086/Lot# 21041 $70.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1917 5C MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base7610215929843764272587490899010361081120615052009258538174841985479602228938814
85121205344505670775885935100510511123130616732201299641586512985412736277970
00000077588593510051051112313061673220129964158651298541273600
00000082489796310211066116414051841239334064500818398541751300
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 990
Owner: MOKANDO
 
Grade: XF 40
Points: 642
Owner: mikefromct
 
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