Coin Specifications

Category: Jefferson Five Cents (1938-Date)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 43,445,000
Catalog: KM-192
Obverse Designer: Felix Schlag
Reverse Designer: Felix Schlag
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5.0000g
Diameter: 21.2mm
Edge: Plain
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1941 S 5C MS obverse 1941 S 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Though plentiful in Mint State, 1941 S nickels were so poorly made that finding a truly satisfying example will be very difficult. Most have dull luster and soft or blurry details. The dies were run far too long, and when erosion lines formed these were simply polished away, taking the shallow design features with them. Gems of any die state are scarce, and those having either 5FS or 6FS are quite rare.

The Philadelphia Mint created a new S mintmark punch that was phased in during 1941 for all denomination other than the half dollar, which first appeared with the new, Large S punch in 1942. 1941 S nickels having the Large S are scarce in Mint State and will bring a good premium. The Small S variety having its mintmark inverted may be hard to discern on worn coins.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 12/17/2013

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1941 S 5C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 0.07 0.10 0.14 0.30 0.60 0.60 1.50 1.68 1.86 2.10 2.70 3.45 4.60 6.33 12.00 23.75 35.00 260 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 27.00 39.00 290 -
1941 S 5C MS Six Full Steps
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 39.60 56.25 630 3580 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 44.00 63.00 690 3900 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 319
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 67


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3/12/1997 NGC MS 67   Teletrade Auction 0927, 927/Lot# 1172 $29.75
1/13/2003 NGC MS 67   Five Full Steps Heritage Auctions 2003 Orlando, FL. (FUN) Bullet Sale #309, 309/Lot# 406 $1,552.50
10/9/2006 NGC XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 108, 113/Lot# 452 $35.65
5/27/2012 PCGS MS 65   Six Full Steps GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/27/2012, 24/Lot# 54228 $63.80
4/8/2013 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 3425, 3425/Lot# 1292 $400.00
6/3/2013 PCGS MS 66   Teletrade Auction 3433, 3433/Lot# 1360 $210.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1941 S 5C MS
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1941 S 5C MS Prooflike
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1941 S 5C MS Five Full Steps
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1941 S 5C MS Six Full Steps
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Base1111111111111116723041271374711
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 304
Owner: Alex J. Llorente
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 304
Owner: James G. Berline
 
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