Coin Specifications

Category: Jefferson Five Cents (1938-Date)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 4,105,000
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.
Link to this coin

1938 S 5C MS obverse 1938 S 5C MS reverse


  
Expand All    Collapse All

VarietyPlus®

There are no varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

The practice by many collectors of acquiring fresh rolls of each date/mint issue was well established by 1938, and so it was that the 1938 S nickel became far more available to later generations than it would seem from its low mintage. Gems are plentiful, though perhaps a little less so than for 1938(P) and 1938 D nickels.

This issue may be found well struck overall, though it is quite rare with even just five full steps. Most coins, however, show overused dies with somewhat eroded details. In rare instances these dies were aggressively repolished, and this accounts for the few pieces certified as prooflike (PL). This was a recurring practice at the San Francisco Mint, and PL nickels having shallow details became increasingly common during the late 1940s and early 50s.

GRADE SUMMARY

Loading... Working...

Use the scroll bar at the bottom of this box to view a summary of the NGC Price Guide, NGC Census, Auction Prices Realized and NGC Registry Scores for each grade.

There was no data found for this Coin.

Select Designation

 
NGC PRICE GUIDE
NGC CENSUS*
AUCTION PRICES REALIZED
NGC REGISTRY
SCORE

Select Grade

*To view the Census details for this coin, please sign in or sign up.

Price Guide

Last Updated: 12/17/2013

Click on a price to see historical prices, comparison charts and trends.

1938 S 5C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1.08 1.32 1.62 1.86 2.40 2.40 3.00 3.30 3.60 3.90 4.02 4.20 5.10 8.10 17.40 27.50 46.25 195 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 31.00 52.00 218 -
1938 S 5C MS Six Full Steps
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 36.00 250 525 7800 - - -
NGC Price and Value Guides Disclaimer

Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1082
Low Grade: 45
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 67


Upcoming Auctions


Auction Prices Realized

A random selection of coins is shown below.

Images
Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
12/19/2001 PCGS MS 66   Teletrade Auction 1519, 1519/Lot# 1127 $42.51
10/24/2006 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #26105, 26105/Lot# 13196 $92.00
4/29/2007 PCGS MS 66   Teletrade Auction 2360, 2360/Lot# 2714 $89.60
2/10/2008 PCGS MS 66   Teletrade Auction 2487, 2487/Lot# 3099 $112.00
12/14/2008 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Coin Auction #68123, 68123/Lot# 63131 $29.00
1/11/2009 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Coin Auction #69013, 69013/Lot# 63097 $42.00
2/7/2011 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 556, 563/Lot# 1130 $18.00
12/15/2013 NGC MS 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/15/2013, 105/Lot# 156961 $13.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1938 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33366669912121212162867115186609123914152078
334666791012121213204183138327819129716360
000000791012121213204183138327819129700
0000008911121212142454991624681029135600
1938 S 5C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33366669912121616203276127205653131214952185
334666791012131617244693153354872137317250
000000791012131617244693153354872137300
00000089111214161828611101795031092143400
1938 S 5C MS Five Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3336666991212161624371233046202124515856567431
334666791012131618286518340911213135532462470
000000791012131618286518340911213135532400
000000891112141621329424351416224146549000
1938 S 5C MS Six Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33366669912122041123201395820142138178428914111643
334666791012142768149265536102022195354866599750
000000791012142768149265536102022195354866500
000000891112173495175330678122030186891890300
Registry Image Gallery
Grade: MS 66 5FS
Points: 620
Owner: rockhobby
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 609
Owner: *00001AAA Coins
 
View the Registry Image Gallery

Related Articles

E Pluribus Unum, Part Two

8/17/2009  — In the second part of a new series, David W. Lange continues to de-mystify a great legend in numismatics.
View full article >
Dancing with Dates, Part Two

11/18/2008  — Engravers place their own stamp on early 20th Century Buffalo and Jefferson Nickels.
View full article >


NGC Auction Central Disclaimer