There were 21 domestic coins minted in 1917, eleven minted for other nations, but no pattern coins. And, because there was not a high profile coin minted this year, this is one of the relatively easy years to acquire.
But that doesn’t mean there wasn’t much going on in the world in 1917. In fact, just the opposite was true. With the war effort, silver was greatly in demand and rose an additional 18% for the year, while gold idled at $18.99 for the fourth year in a row.
As we entered the war on April 6th, our stock markets declined with the DJIA losing 20% for the year. Registration for the draft became mandatory in June as men lined up across the nation as Germany began bombing London. Postage was raised to 3 cents due to rising transportation costs as our soldiers continued to move into battle across the Atlantic.
The following are the coins necessary for this relatively easy year set: