Coin Specifications

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


  
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Description & Analysis

Unlike the 1939(P) and 1939 D nickels, this older reverse subtype comprises nearly two-thirds of the 1939 S mintage. Gems are scarce, and those having 5FS are quite rare.

For both reverse subtypes the quality of 1939 S nickels was very inconsistent, with the majority having mediocre luster, weak details and sometimes crude die-polishing lines in the fields.

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 294
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67


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9/10/2000 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 1355, 1355/Lot# 1066 $54.50
11/18/2001 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2001 November Santa Clara Bullet Sale #276, 276/Lot# 358 $25.30
6/4/2007 PCGS MS 64   Five Full Steps Heritage Auctions 2007 May/June Long Beach, CA Final Session #439, 439/Lot# 7513 $115.00
9/23/2007 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 1238 $207.00
8/12/2012 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131234/Lot# 24861 $223.25
10/14/2012 PCGS MS 66   Five Full Steps David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 721, 730/Lot# 42 $1,450.00
3/31/2013 PCGS MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/31/2013, 68/Lot# 101376 $55.00
12/29/2013 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131401/Lot# 20046 $80.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1939 S REV OF 38 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1111111666666916501153951477268129894116
11111126666671127712087551878278333640
00000026666671127712087551878278300
000000466666813389330111162279288600
1939 S REV OF 38 5C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333336666912285059288563820908
3333333346667101735531353796488490
00000033466671017355313537964800
00000033566681122425621147173400
1939 S REV OF 38 5C MS Five Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base111111111113616378114342315055158823417190
1111111111149235110123678327226183112190
000000111114923511012367832722618300
00000011112512306612232911443940720800
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 1477
Owner: CBC
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 1477
Owner: Daniel Beavers
 
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