Coin Specifications

Category: Jefferson Five Cents (1938-Date)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 104,060,000
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
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1943 S 5C MS obverse 1943 S 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This is another common issue, as all of the wartime nickels were hoarded by the roll. 1943 S nickels are noticeably superior in overall quality to S-Mint nickels of the previous several years. Full strikes may be found with a bit of shopping, and full-step coins are likewise available to the advanced collector.

The small number of prooflike nickels for this date and other San Francisco nickels of the 1940s resulted from that mint's practice of using dies until they were quite worn and then buffing out the flowlines with abrasive polishing. This left the fields brilliant but hairlined, and even the devices are sometimes brilliant.

Several doubled-die and repunched mintmark varieties are noted for 1943 S, none of them particularly exciting. Interested persons should consult two books for more information: The Best of the Jefferson Nickel Doubled Die Varieties by John Wexler and Brian Ribar, and The Jefferson Nickel RPM Book by James Wiles.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 12/17/2013

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1943 S 5C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1.62 1.64 1.68 1.74 1.80 1.80 1.86 1.92 2.40 2.64 3.48 3.72 3.90 6.90 12.00 16.25 32.50 75.40 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 36.00 84.00 -
1943 S 5C MS Six Full Steps
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 21.60 46.25 83.75 520 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 24.00 52.00 94.00 570 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 4798
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 66
High Grade: 68


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3/5/2001 NGC MS 67   Teletrade Auction 1413, 1413/Lot# 1127 $20.75
11/7/2004 NGC MS 67   Teletrade Auction 1958, 1958/Lot# 1104 $38.00
8/20/2006 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #66084, 66084/Lot# 23178 $16.00
4/24/2008 NGC MS 66   Five Full Steps David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 241, 247/Lot# 5261 $69.00
7/21/2013 NGC MS 67   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/21/2013, 84/Lot# 71748 $82.50
2/2/2014 NGC MS 65   Six Full Steps GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/02/2014, 177/Lot# 127624 $30.00
6/27/2014 PCGS   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 1505 $646.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1943 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base66666669999121212244563135288527620990
6666667999101212163151871863675587430
00000079991012121631518718636755800
000000899911121220385711123744758900
1943 S 5C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base666666699991212122850721473145656631051
6666667999101212173557972023975977920
00000079991012121735579720239759700
000000899911121222426412225848163000
1943 S 5C MS Five Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base202424242828283232373741455467761632981095119313571969
2124242528282932333738424858701052085631127124715610
0000002932333738424858701052085631127124700
0000003032353739435162731342538291160130200
1943 S 5C MS Six Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base242828283232373741414550546776891863231166127114502124
2528282932333738414246515870801212316041201133016740
0000003738414246515870801212316041201133000
0000003739414348526273841532778851236139000
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Grade: MS 67 6FS
Points: 1166
Owner: Weidel Cameo Coins
 
Grade: MS 67 5FS
Points: 1095
Owner: Eagles Nest
 
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