Coin Specifications

Category: Jefferson Five Cents (1938-Date)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 19,365
Catalog: KM-192
Obverse Designer: Felix Schlag
Reverse Designer: Felix Schlag
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5.00 Grams
Diameter: 21.2mm
Edge: Plain
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1938 5C PF obverse 1938 5C PF reverse


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Description & Analysis

Proofs of the new Jefferson Nickel became available in the final months of 1938, and collectors ordered a large number by standards of the time. This was facilitated by the Treasury's policy of selling all proofs either in sets or as singles.

Since all of the 1938 proofs have the Reverse of 1938 hub with its indistinct steps, this feature may be a bit incomplete. Some proofs of this date also show minor touch-ups to the dies for the purpose of reinforcing the design.

Gems are fairly plentiful, yet the very high grades typical of later years are rare early dates in this series. The Mint's proof coining techniques simply didn't allow for absolute perfection. Coins having cameo contrast on both side are exceedingly rare, though a few one-sided cameo coins are also known.

Sculptor Felix Schlag purchased 150 examples of the 1938 proof nickel and had them placed within commemorative cards that he signed and notarized. He sold relatively few of these at the time (1939), and the remainder was wholesaled to a dealer in the early 1960s. Once fairly common, they are rarely seen today and command much more respect than when new.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 12/17/2013

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1938 5C PF
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 21.60 28.80 37.20 55.20 91.25 106 135 345 2280 - -
$ - - - - - 24.00 32.00 42.00 62.00 102 119 151 380 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1205
Low Grade: 53
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 68


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Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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7/30/2001 PCGS PF 65   Teletrade Auction 1466, 1466/Lot# 1187 $54.50
3/28/2005 NGC PF 67   Heritage Auctions 2005 March Palm Beach, FL Bullet Sale #369, 369/Lot# 266 $322.00
3/13/2006 NGC PF 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 78, 83/Lot# 354 $120.75
5/14/2007 NGC PF 67   Heritage Auctions 2007 May US Coin Online Session #435, 435/Lot# 7611 $201.25
2/10/2008 PCGS PF 67   Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 1958 $632.50
11/3/2010 NGC PF 68   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, 44/Lot# 1444 $1,610.00
3/25/2012 NGC PF 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/25/2012, 15/Lot# 41894 $82.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1938 5C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base374145505459636772768589119151220336418487888263134478849
3842465155606468737986991291742583634416201469290352470
0000006468737986991291742583634416201469290300
00000065707482871091401972973904647542050317500
1938 5C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3741455054596781818594981311672413634505229452936469411294
38424651556171818288951091431912813924746631608352268940
00000071818288951091431912813924746631608352200
00000076818391961201552163224214988042272410800
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Grade: PF 68
Points: 2631
Owner: Montana Grampa
 
Grade: PF 67
Points: 888
Owner: Chesapeake Coin
 
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