Coin Specifications

Category: Jefferson Five Cents (1938-Date)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 49,789,000
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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1942 NICKEL 5C MS obverse 1942 NICKEL 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The production of conventional five-cent pieces was cut short in the spring of 1942, as the U. S. Mint began preparations for a new alloy that would reduced the copper content of this coin and eliminate nickel altogether for the duration of World War II.

1942(P) nickels are plentiful in Mint State, but a great many of them reveal worn dies and so-so luster. This issue was not well struck as a rule. The coin illustrated reveals a frequent problem with Jefferson Nickels in that its soft strike failed to smooth the many marks in the planchet. These marks still appear at the highest points of the coin's design, such as Jefferson's jaw. Examples having either 5FS or 6FS are scarce and rare, respectively.

A couple of doubled-die obverse (DDO) varieties have become popular, and these are certified by NGC under its VarietyPlus Service.

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1942 NICKEL 5C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 0.06 0.08 0.14 0.20 0.42 0.42 0.72 0.78 0.90 1.20 2.40 3.45 5.75 7.48 14.40 30.00 53.75 121 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 34.00 60.00 135 -
1942 NICKEL 5C MS Six Full Steps
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 33.60 68.75 630 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 38.00 77.00 690 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 610
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 67


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4/23/2001 PCGS MS 66   Teletrade Auction 1429, 1429/Lot# 1159 $49.05
12/26/2005 NGC MS 67   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #68, 73/Lot# 183 $138.00
10/30/2006 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2006 October Dallas Online Session #429, 429/Lot# 7706 $25.00
4/3/2011 PCGS MS 66   Teletrade Auction 3041, 3041/Lot# 1313 $44.00
6/24/2012 PCGS MS 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/24/2012, 28/Lot# 42807 $55.00
2/24/2013 PCGS MS 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/24/2013, 63/Lot# 61395 $55.00
5/11/2014 NGC MS 66   Six Full Steps Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131420/Lot# 28522 $293.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1942 NICKEL 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333332599812316320125563190824844897111
3333333124172106136175219380723143332884897110
0000003124172106136175219380723143332884897100
0000003225085114149188237505815195840924897100
1942 NICKEL 5C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base111111111111111163210256311
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0000001111111114237840956300
1942 NICKEL 5C MS Five Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333333333362081366990300926665250
3333333333333410401765741663300935270
0000003333333410401765741663300900
0000003333333515602717822336300900
1942 NICKEL 5C MS Six Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base111111111111116411636201886515811
11111111111112178131510422976515810
00000011111112178131510422976515800
000000111111142912246714644067515800
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Grade: MS 66 5FS
Points: 366
Owner: GILMORE
 
Grade: MS 66 5FS
Points: 366
Owner: HouserFD124
 
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