Coin Specifications

Category: Jefferson Five Cents (1938-Date)
Mint: Philadelphia
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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1939 REV OF 38 5C MS obverse 1939 REV OF 38 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This was the first year of production for Jefferson Nickels, and the huge mintage of 1939(P) clearly reflects this fact. Both the obverse and reverse master hubs were revised from the 1938 coinage, the obverse at the very beginning of 1939 and the reverse a little later, after minting had already commenced. Thus, a minority of 1939(P) nickels have the old style reverse, with its indistinct central features of Monticello.

1939(P) Rev of 38 nickels are relatively scarce across all grades, though heavily worn pieces are probably indistinguishable as to their reverse subtype. Examples having any degree of full steps are extremely rare. Since NGC did not distinguish the two reverses for many years, the numbers below are incomplete and may rise as previously certified coins are resubmitted for the complete description.


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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 73
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67


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1/21/2007 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #67014, 67014/Lot# 23231 $74.75
1/30/2007 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #27021, 27021/Lot# 13108 $138.00
11/11/2007 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Coin Auction #67113, 67113/Lot# 23195 $97.75
7/8/2010 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 495, 501/Lot# 7204 $345.00
5/15/2012 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 3277, 3277/Lot# 1064 $18.00
1/9/2013 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1181/Lot# 9281 $258.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1939 REV OF 38 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333333333691245527188624465525
3333333333333471023205980207234720
0000003333333471023205980207200
00000033333335811343661433225900
1939 REV OF 38 5C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333336666912285059288563820908
3333333346667101735531353796488490
00000033466671017355313537964800
00000033566681122425621147173400
1939 REV OF 38 5C MS Five Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333333336920324514711103281479010180
3333333333347122436794681833378465860
0000003333347122436794681833378400
00000033333581628401137892557428700
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 527
Owner: Daniel Beavers
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 527
Owner: GILMORE
 
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