Coin Specifications

Category: Jefferson Five Cents (1938-Date)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 5,376,000
Catalog: KM-192
Obverse Designer: Felix Schlag
Reverse Designer: Felix Schlag
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5.00 Grams
Diameter: 21.2mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1938 D JEFFERSON 5C MS obverse 1938 D JEFFERSON 5C MS reverse


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Description & Analysis

Despite its relatively modest mintage, the 1938 D Jefferson Nickel is common across most grades. Many rolls were put away at the time, and this issue's low mintage further encouraged collectors to save duplicates encountered in circulation. Of the three mints, Denver was at this time producing the most consistently well made coins, and superb gems are fairly plentiful. 1938 D is also the coin most likely to be found with either five or six full steps, though neither may be called common. The poor quality of the master hub precluded a large number of fully struck pieces.

An extremely minor doubled-die reverse is known for 1938 D nickels, but it is of little interest to collectors.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

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1938 D JEFFERSON 5C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 0.84 0.96 1.14 1.38 1.80 1.80 2.52 2.70 3.00 3.30 3.90 4.20 4.80 7.80 16.80 27.50 42.50 93.60 4600 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 31.00 48.00 105 -
1938 D JEFFERSON 5C MS Six Full Steps
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 66.00 106 188 1170 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 74.00 119 210 1290 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2210
Low Grade: 55
Average Grade: 66
High Grade: 68


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Auction Prices Realized

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2/12/1997 NGC MS 67   Teletrade Auction 0919, 919/Lot# 1240 $35.97
5/25/2002 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #22124, 22124/Lot# 17135 $155.25
7/10/2006 NGC MS 69   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 95, 100/Lot# 1863 $195.50
10/22/2006 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Coin Auction #66105, 66105/Lot# 24117 $23.00
9/23/2007 PCGS MS 67   Five Full Steps Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 2555 $1,035.00
5/25/2008 PCGS MS 66   Teletrade Auction 2533, 2533/Lot# 1228 $41.00
9/30/2012 PCGS MS 66   Five Full Steps GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/30/2012, 42/Lot# 75768 $170.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1938 D JEFFERSON 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333366991212162867115175348302311
33333346791012132041831352321239302310
00000046791012132041831352321239302300
00000056891112142454991552902131302300
1938 D JEFFERSON 5C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333366991616203276127194375316411
33333346791116172446931492541304316410
00000046791116172446931492541304316400
000000568913161828611101713142234316400
1938 D JEFFERSON 5C MS Five Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base99121212161616202428549411115128865911382860707711
910121213161617212536679912419641181817124265707710
0000001617212536679912419641181817124265707700
00000016182226458010513724253597822865671707700
1938 D JEFFERSON 5C MS Six Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base991212161620202428325910212316330467412193103743111
9101213161720212529417310913621042785518474545743110
00000020212529417310913621042785518474545743100
000000202226305087116149257550103724755988743100
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Grade: MS 67 5FS
Points: 2860
Owner: chunk-it
 
Grade: MS 67 5FS
Points: 2860
Owner: lehigh96
 
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