Coin Specifications

Category: Jefferson Five Cents (1938-Date)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 32,900,000
Catalog: KM-192a
Obverse Designer: Felix Schlag
Reverse Designer: Felix Schlag
Composition: Copper-Silver-Manganese
Fineness: 0.3500
Weight: 5.00 Grams
Diameter: 21.2mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1942 S 5C MS obverse 1942 S 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The San Francisco Mint did not coin five-cent pieces of the conventional composition at all during 1942. It joined Philadelphia in striking the new wartime alloy coins in the final months of the year.

The copper-silver-manganese alloy was quite soft in relation to the pre-war composition, and this both increased the useful life of dies and the percentage of sharply struck coins. Thus, most 1942 S nickels are quite pleasing to the eye, and the percentage of 5FS and 6FS coins is higher than usual for an S-Mint nickel. On the down side, all wartime composition issues wore very quickly in circulation while simultaneously becoming quite dark due to the low fineness of the silver.

Repunched mintmark (RPM) varieties are numerous, but none of them are particularly attractive to non-specialists.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/14/2014

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1942 S 5C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1.62 1.64 1.68 1.74 1.80 1.80 1.86 1.92 3.30 3.60 4.20 4.60 5.75 7.48 15.60 22.50 41.25 70.20 2700 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 25.00 46.00 79.00 -
1942 S 5C MS Six Full Steps
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 25.20 70.00 275 1500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 28.00 78.00 300 1650 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3922
Low Grade: 45
Average Grade: 66
High Grade: 68


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9/6/2014 MS 67   Six Full Steps Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1209/Lot# 3904


Auction Prices Realized

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8/12/1996 NGC MS 67   Teletrade Auction 0866, 866/Lot# 1226 $29.75
2/13/2000 NGC MS 67   Teletrade Auction 1270, 1270/Lot# 1108 $32.75
8/31/2003 NGC MS 66   Teletrade Auction 1772, 1772/Lot# 1056 $26.00
12/4/2006 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 116, 121/Lot# 487 $16.10
7/7/2009 PCGS MS 65   Five Full Steps Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction #29073, 29073/Lot# 24686 $79.00
4/15/2012 NGC MS 65   Six Full Steps GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/15/2012, 18/Lot# 41444 $55.00
5/30/2012 PCGS MS 67   Five Full Steps Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 2469 $4,112.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1942 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base366666699912121620246394159272250127943868
466666799101213172137731151961015259831520
000000799101213172137731151961015259800
000000899111214182250831372341758269600
1942 S 5C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3666666999121220242872102175295262329274037
466666799101214212542821262151071272432970
000000799101214212542821262151071272400
000000899111217222657921502551847282500
1942 S 5C MS Five Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base242828283232323737414545546376942627642087264329484064
25282829323233373842454857678215042912052272274433200
00000033373842454857678215042912052272274400
00000035373943455160718820659616462457284600
1942 S 5C MS Six Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2832323237414145455054546376891022727742124269930094141
29323233384142454651545767809315843912242315280233860
00000042454651545767809315843912242315280200
00000043454852546071849721560616742507290500
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Grade: MS 67 5FS
Points: 2087
Owner: rockhobby
 
Grade: MS 66 5FS
Points: 1205
Owner: HuD
 
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