Coin Specifications

Category: Jefferson Five Cents (1938-Date)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 39,690,000
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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1940 S 5C MS obverse 1940 S 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This issue is quite common in Mint State from the many rolls that were set aside at the time, but finding a truly gem specimen is quite challenging. This is especially true if one is seeking a coin from fresh dies and having a sharp strike.

Most 1940 S nickels were poorly made from tired dies having obvious signs of heavy erosion. Also common are ones showing die-clash marks or the excessive polishing of the dies to remove such marks. Combined with often sub-par luster, these condition did not make for attractive coins. This is an issue that will require very careful shopping.

Despite all of these caveats, the sheer number of surviving Mint State pieces has resulted in a fair number of coins certified as having either 5FS or 6FS.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 12/17/2013

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1940 S 5C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 0.07 0.12 0.19 0.36 0.60 0.60 1.02 1.20 1.50 1.80 2.64 3.60 4.80 6.33 14.40 22.50 37.50 120 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 25.00 42.00 134 -
1940 S 5C MS Six Full Steps
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 20.40 31.25 181 1400 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 23.00 35.00 203 1540 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 381
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 67


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5/25/2002 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #22104, 22104/Lot# 17248 $26.00
4/25/2005 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Richmond Sale, Internet-Only Auction, 40/Lot# 310 $12.65
1/14/2007 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #67013, 67013/Lot# 24315 $19.00
3/23/2008 PCGS MS 66   Teletrade Auction 2506, 2506/Lot# 1182 $26.00
10/25/2009 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction #29111, 29111/Lot# 20370 $79.00
7/31/2011 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 3110, 3110/Lot# 1192 $109.25
10/2/2011 PCGS MS 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/02/2011, 138/Lot# 17306 $41.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1940 S 5C MS
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1940 S 5C MS Prooflike
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1940 S 5C MS Five Full Steps
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1940 S 5C MS Six Full Steps
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Base111111111111113241313361333381711
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Grade: MS 67 6FS
Points: 1333
Owner: lehigh96
 
Grade: MS 66 6FS
Points: 336
Owner: Jwillie33
 
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