Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 51,424,029
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 5C MS obverse 1917 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This was a very high mintage issue, and examples are common across all grades through MS 65. The coin illustrated reveals "woodgrain" toning, which results from incomplete mixing of the copper and nickel. The streaks reveal the action of the planchet strip rolling process.

While the majority of 1917(P) nickels are reasonably well struck, a small handful are extraordinarily sharp from fresh, unworn dies. These coins are the ones periodically submitted for certification as one of the rumored proofs. Each such piece seen by NGC has failed to measure up to the standards of known 1913-16 proofs, though they may still bring some premium for their outstanding quality.

Two doubled-die reverse varieties are known for this issue, though only FS-801 distinctive enough to command general interest and a strong premium. NGC recognizes this DDR under its VarietyPlus Service.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/18/2015

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1917 5C MS
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Base $ 6.00 6.75 8.50 10.50 17.00 34.00 38.00 42.00 47.00 75.00 105 165 240 540 1175 6300 - - -
$ - - - - 52.00 - 120 185 300 840 2000 8250 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 977
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68


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11/24/1999 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 1240, 1240/Lot# 1179 $152.60
1/28/2004 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2004 January Long Beach Signature Sale #342, 342/Lot# 5449 $1,322.50
5/25/2008 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 3855 $718.75
11/20/2008 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 302, 308/Lot# 10050 $402.50
2/26/2012 NGC Details VF Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/26/2012, 9/Lot# 36333 $13.00
6/10/2012 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/10/2012, 26/Lot# 54607 $25.00
10/18/2012 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(5), 1175/Lot# 7956 $211.50
9/22/2014 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 1318 $1,121.25
8/18/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA, 6104/Lot# 42259 $677.98


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