Coin Specifications

Category: Jefferson Five Cents (1938-Date)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 19,496,000
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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1938 5C MS obverse 1938 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The new Jefferson Nickels were not released until late in 1938, and even then the coins were difficult to obtain in quantity. As collectors and speculators sought to put away complete rolls of fresh coins, this situation was frustrating for about a year or so. Finally, remaining stocks of Buffalo Nickels were depleted, and the 1938 Jeffersons became common and were hoarded by the roll.

This issue is readily available in all grades through MS 66, and there are enough MS 67 coins to meet the demands of the most competitive collectors. The original master hub for this type's reverse was indistinct in the portico and steps of Monticello, so coins certified with five full steps (5FS) are rare, and 6FS coins are all but unknown.

Minor doubled-die obverse varieties are known for this issue, and these make a nice supplement to an otherwise very common coin.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/7/2014

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1938 5C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 0.24 0.30 0.42 0.90 1.20 1.20 1.80 2.10 2.40 2.70 3.60 4.20 4.80 7.25 13.50 23.00 45.00 250 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 30.00 65.00 500 -
1938 5C MS Five Full Steps
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 40.00 110 285 2850 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1938 5C MS Six Full Steps
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1800 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 886
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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11/7/2006 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #26112, 26112/Lot# 13178 $14.00
11/9/2009 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 426, 432/Lot# 254 $21.00
11/15/2010 PCGS MS 66   Five Full Steps Teletrade Auction 2960, 2960/Lot# 1260 $172.50
10/9/2011 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131142/Lot# 26617 $34.00
6/29/2014 PCGS MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 128596 $270.00
10/12/2014 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 178277 $75.00
10/10/2014 PCGS MS 66   Five Full Steps Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 14616 $152.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1938 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333366691212162454102183725150511
3333334667101213193470129364985150510
0000004667101213193470129364985150500
00000056681112152144861565441245150500
1938 5C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333366691616202859115201774159911
33333346671116172338781443921049159910
00000046671116172338781443921049159900
00000056681416192549961725831324159900
1938 5C MS Five Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base66699121620242872811021151231633957932936558211
6679101317212543758810611813624052815073818558210
00000017212543758810611813624052815073818558200
00000019232757789511112015031866022224700558200
1938 5C MS Six Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base999121220242832378110216318323727245023523057612111
99101215212529345288122170201249331108425874078612110
0000002529345288122170201249331108425874078612100
0000002731356695143176219260391171828225100612100
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Grade: MS 67 5FS
Points: 2936
Owner: rockhobby
 
Grade: MS 66 5FS
Points: 793
Owner: Weidel Cameo Coins
 
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