PCGS: The Standard for the Rare Coin Industry

1917 5C (Regular Strike)

Series: Buffalo Five Cents 1913-1938

PCGS MS68

PCGS MS68

PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS #:
3934
Designer:
James Earle Fraser
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
21.20 millimeters
Weight:
5.00 grams
Mintage:
51,424,019
Metal:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
HideShow Plus+ Grades
Hide eBay

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

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
Survival Estimate
All Grades 10,000
60 or Better 2,500
65 or Better 800
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-3.0
60 or Better R-4.5
65 or Better R-5.4
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 36 / 69 TIE
60 or Better 38 / 69 TIE
65 or Better 40 / 69 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 36 / 72 TIE
60 or Better 38 / 72 TIE
65 or Better 40 / 72 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade  
	PCGS #3934 (MS) 68

Gerald R Forsythe Collection

1 MS68 PCGS grade
3 MS67+ PCGS grade

“Angel Dee's Toned Set” - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 12/2016:70, $12,337.50

4 MS67 PCGS grade 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
 
	PCGS #3934 (MS) 68 
#1 MS68 PCGS grade

Gerald R Forsythe Collection

#1 MS68 PCGS grade
#3 MS67+ PCGS grade

“Angel Dee's Toned Set” - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 12/2016:70, $12,337.50

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.