Expert Comments

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.

 

PCGS #
3934
Designer
James Earle Fraser
Edge
Plain
Diameter
21.20 millimeters
Weight
5.00 grams
Mintage
51424019
Metal
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Pop Higher
10
Pop Lower
1889
Region
The United States of America
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades
65 or Better 10000 R-3.0 36 / 69 TIE 36 / 72 TIE
All Grades 2500 R-4.5 38 / 69 TIE 38 / 72 TIE
60 or Better 800 R-5.4 40 / 69 TIE 40 / 72 TIE
65 or Better 10000
All Grades 2500
60 or Better 800
65 or Better R-3.0
All Grades R-4.5
60 or Better R-5.4
65 or Better 36 / 69 TIE
All Grades 38 / 69 TIE
60 or Better 40 / 69 TIE
65 or Better 36 / 72 TIE
All Grades 38 / 72 TIE
60 or Better 40 / 72 TIE

Condition Census Learn More

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade MS68 PCGS grade

Gerald R Forsythe Collection

1 MS68 PCGS grade
3 MS67+ PCGS grade 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 MS67 PCGS grade
MS68 PCGS grade #1 MS68 PCGS grade

Gerald R Forsythe Collection

#1 MS68 PCGS grade
MS67+ 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)

MS67 PCGS grade #4 MS67 PCGS grade