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 PF obverse 1939 REV OF 38 5C PF reverse


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Description & Analysis

Sales of proof nickels fell by several thousand pieces this year, which is understandable without the speculative frenzy over the novel 1938 issue. The vast majority of 1939 proofs were coined with the Reverse of 1938 having wavy and indistinct steps. A new reverse hub showing very sharp details to Monticello was not introduced in time to coin more than a smaller percentage of proofs.

Gems are fairly common, but the population thins tremendously above PF 67. Cameo pieces are all but unknown, though some will have cameo contrast on just one side. Such pieces may be certified with NGC's star designation, if the contrast adds measurably to the coin's appeal.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 12/17/2013

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1939 REV OF 38 5C PF
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 19.20 25.20 31.20 58.80 92.50 140 181 494 5140 - -
$ - - - - - - 28.00 35.00 66.00 104 157 203 540 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 404
Low Grade: 55
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 68


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
9/20/2004 PCGS PF 65   Teletrade Auction 1938, 1938/Lot# 1171 $121.00
12/6/2007 NGC PF 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 201, 207/Lot# 5216 $254.15
1/27/2008 PCGS PF 65   Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Coin Auction #68021, 68021/Lot# 61148 $92.00
1/31/2010 PCGS PF 65   Goldberg January 31 - February 3, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 57/Lot# 932 $92.00
4/24/2011 NGC PF 63   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131118/Lot# 28721 $65.00
8/7/2011 NGC PF 65   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131133/Lot# 28059 $201.25
1/15/2012 PCGS PF 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/15/2012, 3/Lot# 26233 $62.70
12/23/2012 PCGS PF 65   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131301/Lot# 26582 $129.25
7/25/2014 PCGS PF 66   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3492, 6043/Lot# 22133 $105.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1939 REV OF 38 5C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333333333392863201106636393
3333333333333351539109489192336390
0000003333333351539109489192300
0000003333333372151155777278100
1939 REV OF 38 5C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333333333333164598288136343613
3333333333333372562161646236243610
0000003333333372562161646236200
000000333333331135802241004336100
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Grade: PF 68
Points: 1066
Owner: Montana Grampa
 
Grade: PF 67
Points: 201
Owner: David A. Turner
 
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