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SERIES: Buffalo Five Cents 1913-1938
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1917 5C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS68

PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67
PCGS #:
3934
Diameter:
21.20 millimeters
Designer:
James Earle Fraser
Weight:
5.00 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
51,424,019
Metal Content:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Auction Record:
$20,700 • GEM Specimen or PR • 5-31-2004 • Superior Galleries
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 10,000 R-3.0 36 / 69 TIE 36 / 72 TIE
60 or Better 2,500 R-4.5 38 / 69 TIE 38 / 72 TIE
65 or Better 800 R-5.4 40 / 69 TIE 40 / 72 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade
1 MS68 PCGS grade  
3 MS67+ PCGS grade  
4 MS67 PCGS grade

High Desert Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

4 MS67 PCGS grade
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade
1 MS68 PCGS grade  
3 MS67+ PCGS grade  
4 MS67 PCGS grade

High Desert Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

4 MS67 PCGS grade
4 MS67 PCGS grade  
4 MS67 PCGS grade  
4 MS67 PCGS grade  
4 MS67 PCGS grade  
4 MS67 PCGS grade  

David Hall: In circulated grades, the 1917 is about equal in rarity to the 1915, 1916, and 1918. In Gem condition, the 1917 is about equal in rarity to the 1914, and it is rarer than the 1915, 1916, and 1919, but not as rare as the 1918. As a group, the 1914 to 1919 Philadelphia Mint issues are not quite as rare in Gem condition as the 1920 to 1924 issues, then beginning in 1925 many more examples were saved (thank you, Wayte Raymond!) The 1917, like most Philadelphia Buffalo nickels, is usually very well struck. Luster can be somewhat satiny to somewhat frosty.