Coin Specifications

Category: Jefferson Five Cents (1938-Date)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 19,496,000
Catalog: KM-192
Obverse Designer: Felix Schlag
Reverse Designer: Felix Schlag
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5.00 Grams
Diameter: 21.2mm
Edge: Plain
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1938 5C MS obverse 1938 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The new Jefferson Nickels were not released until late in 1938, and even then the coins were difficult to obtain in quantity. As collectors and speculators sought to put away complete rolls of fresh coins, this situation was frustrating for about a year or so. Finally, remaining stocks of Buffalo Nickels were depleted, and the 1938 Jeffersons became common and were hoarded by the roll.

This issue is readily available in all grades through MS 66, and there are enough MS 67 coins to meet the demands of the most competitive collectors. The original master hub for this type's reverse was indistinct in the portico and steps of Monticello, so coins certified with five full steps (5FS) are rare, and 6FS coins are all but unknown.

Minor doubled-die obverse varieties are known for this issue, and these make a nice supplement to an otherwise very common coin.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 12/17/2013

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1938 5C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 0.24 0.30 0.42 0.90 1.20 1.20 1.80 2.10 2.40 2.70 3.60 4.20 4.80 7.20 13.20 25.00 37.50 120 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 28.00 42.00 134 -
1938 5C MS Six Full Steps
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 32.40 82.50 250 2410 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 880
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
8/1/2001 PCGS MS 67   Teletrade Auction 1467, 1467/Lot# 1175 $283.40
9/3/2006 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #66092, 66092/Lot# 23084 $12.00
5/27/2007 PCGS MS 66   Five Full Steps Teletrade Auction 2372, 2372/Lot# 1220 $358.40
6/25/2007 NGC MS 67   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 153, 158/Lot# 1254 $143.75
11/3/2013 NGC MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/03/2013, 99/Lot# 148762 $62.70
8/31/2014 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/31/2014, 189/Lot# 178277 $75.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1938 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333366691212162450102155412148011
3333334667101213183267119240768148010
0000004667101213183267119240768148000
00000056681112142141841373261124148000
1938 5C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333366691616202854115171445156311
3333334667111617223674133262817156310
0000004667111617223674133262817156300
00000056681316182545941523531190156300
1938 5C MS Five Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base66699121620242872811021151231432375751505556311
667910131721254275881061171291743498852857556310
0000001721254275881061171291743498852857556300
00000018222657789511012013620546211954210556300
1938 5C MS Six Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base99912122024283237811021631832272583846202302608911
9910121421252933518812216919723730046211803564608910
000000252933518812216919723730046211803564608900
000000263035669514217621224734254117414826608900
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Grade: MS 67 5FS
Points: 1505
Owner: rockhobby
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 412
Owner: Eagles Nest
 
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