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
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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 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
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
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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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 756
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67


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3/6/2008 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2008 March Phoenix, AZ (ANA) Signature Auction #1102, 1102/Lot# 312 $862.50
5/25/2008 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 3857 $3,450.00
1/20/2013 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 735, 744/Lot# 1048 $565.00
6/5/2013 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 June 5 - 9 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1186/Lot# 3906 $1,762.50
12/22/2013 PCGS G 4   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/22/2013, 106/Lot# 124441 $96.00
7/4/2014 PCGS MS 62   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3489, 6040/Lot# 21138 $540.50
7/27/2014 NGC VF 30   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/27/2014, 201/Lot# 175927 $121.00
2/6/2015 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3520, 6089/Lot# 22043 $323.13


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1917 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base7610215929843764272587490899010361081120615052009258538174841985479602228938814
85121205344505670775885935100510511123130616732201299641586512985412736277970
00000077588593510051051112313061673220129964158651298541273600
00000082489796310211066116414051841239334064500818398541751300
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 1036
Owner: ad4400
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 990
Owner: MOKANDO
 
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