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
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1939 REV OF 40 5C MS obverse 1939 REV OF 40 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This date is plentiful across all grades, though the certified population shows unnaturally low numbers for coins below MS 65. This is due to the fact that so many Jefferson Nickels have been certified under Pre-Screen programs in which those not achieving a specified minimum grade are returned "raw" to the submitter. This is true of almost all dates in this series, since there are no coins that are rare in overall numbers.

Early in 1939 the reverse of this coin type was revised to sharpen features of Monticello, and this is most visible in the more distinct steps and portico of Monticello. This Rev of 39 subtype comprises the vast majority of 1939(P) nickels, and it is far more likely to show either 5FS or 6FS. Even so, neither attribute is common for this date/mint issue.

There are two very popular doubled-die reverse varieties for this issue, the latter one actually having some quadrupling of the design. In NGC's early years these varieties were lumped together as simply DOUBLED DIE REV, but they are now distinguished and listed under the Rev of 40 heading.


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1939 REV OF 40 5C MS Six Full Steps
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 48.00 68.75 156 1380 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 54.00 77.00 175 1520 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 732
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68


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4/25/2005 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Richmond Sale, Internet-Only Auction, 40/Lot# 304 $241.50
12/4/2006 PCGS MS 66   Five Full Steps Heritage Auctions 2006 December On Line Session #421, 421/Lot# 7371 $33.00
2/11/2007 PCGS MS 66   Teletrade Auction 2325, 2325/Lot# 1179 $41.00
7/31/2007 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #27081, 27081/Lot# 13067 $29.00
12/16/2007 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Coin Auction #67124, 67124/Lot# 24097 $29.00
2/10/2008 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 1962 $1,610.00
6/17/2010 NGC MS 64   Five Full Steps Stack's Bowers The June 2010 Baltimore Auction, 41/Lot# 210 $327.75
11/29/2010 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 2968, 2968/Lot# 1179 $17.00
3/16/2014 NGC MS 67   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/16/2014, 172/Lot# 145066 $47.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1939 REV OF 40 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333366666992050115179423261429174024
33333346666791230711362601153271532860
00000046666791230711362601153271500
00000056666891640931573411883281600
1939 REV OF 40 5C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333366669992454127194456274030544198
33333346667991434781492811217284434350
00000046667991434781492811217284400
000000566689919441021713681978294900
1939 REV OF 40 5C MS Five Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base5454636772727681899494981191311551752444771966211723773334
54576468727377839094951051231391611983219732016220326960
00000077839094951051231391611983219732016220300
000000798692949611212714716822139914692066229000
1939 REV OF 40 5C MS Six Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6363677276818589981021061111311471711942685172079223725073502
63646873778286929910310711713615517821835110372131232728380
00000086929910310711713615517821835110372131232700
000000879510010410912414116318624343415582184241700
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 2783
Owner: James G. Berline
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 2783
Owner: lehigh96
 
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