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

1917-S 5C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66
PCGS #:
3936
Diameter:
21.20 millimeters
Designer:
James Earle Fraser
Weight:
5.00 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
4,193,000
Metal Content:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Auction Record:
$138,000 • NGC MS67 • 7-1-2008 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 4,500 R-4.1 5 / 69 TIE 5 / 72 TIE
60 or Better 800 R-5.4 10 / 69 TIE 10 / 72 TIE
65 or Better 200 R-7.0 21 / 69 TIE 21 / 72 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
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David Hall: In circulated grades, the 1917-S is rarer than the 1917-D. For the Denver and San Francisco Mints of this era, the D Mints are rarer in circulated grades in 1914, 1916, 1918, and 1919, while the S Mints are rarer in 1913, 1915, and 1917. In Gem condition, things are quite a bit different as the S Mints are rarer than the D Mints for every year from 1913 to 1919 (though only marginally so in 1914 and 1915.) For that matter, the S Mints are rarer than the D Mints in Gem condition for every year from 1913 thru 1928. While strike is a big issue for the S Mints of the 1920s, the S Mints of the 1913-1917 era, including the 1917-S, are often found fairly well struck. The luster for the 1917-S is often frosty and attractive.