Coin Specifications

Category: Jefferson Five Cents (1938-Date)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 5,376,000
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 D JEFFERSON 5C MS obverse 1938 D JEFFERSON 5C MS reverse


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Description & Analysis

Despite its relatively modest mintage, the 1938 D Jefferson Nickel is common across most grades. Many rolls were put away at the time, and this issue's low mintage further encouraged collectors to save duplicates encountered in circulation. Of the three mints, Denver was at this time producing the most consistently well made coins, and superb gems are fairly plentiful. 1938 D is also the coin most likely to be found with either five or six full steps, though neither may be called common. The poor quality of the master hub precluded a large number of fully struck pieces.

An extremely minor doubled-die reverse is known for 1938 D nickels, but it is of little interest to collectors.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/7/2014

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1938 D JEFFERSON 5C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 0.90 1.00 1.15 1.40 1.80 1.80 2.52 2.70 3.00 3.30 3.90 4.20 4.80 8.00 17.00 28.00 43.00 125 4900 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1938 D JEFFERSON 5C MS Five Full Steps
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 50.00 95.00 175 975 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 300 5000 -
1938 D JEFFERSON 5C MS Six Full Steps
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1300 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2230
Low Grade: 55
Average Grade: 66
High Grade: 68


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Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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11/2/1998 NGC MS 66   Teletrade Auction 1101, 1101/Lot# 1283 $14.75
6/27/2005 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 496 $31.05
4/24/2007 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #27051, 27051/Lot# 13100 $31.00
9/23/2007 PCGS MS 67   Five Full Steps Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 2555 $1,035.00
2/21/2010 PCGS MS 66   Five Full Steps Teletrade Auction 2814, 2814/Lot# 1350 $115.00
6/15/2014 NGC MS 67   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/15/2014, 196/Lot# 190376 $46.40
9/19/2014 PCGS MS 65   Five Full Steps Stack's Bowers iAuction 3500, 6054/Lot# 22114 $64.63
10/12/2014 NGC MS 67   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 225081 $78.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1938 D JEFFERSON 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333366991212162867115175437378311
33333346791012132041831352621552378310
00000046791012132041831352621552378300
00000056891112152454991553502668378300
1938 D JEFFERSON 5C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333366991616203276127194450385211
33333346791116172447931492791584385210
00000046791116172447931492791584385200
000000568914161928611101723652718385200
1938 D JEFFERSON 5C MS Five Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base991212121616162024285910212316330466311522885707711
9101212131616172125387310913621042482617304282707710
00000016172125387310913621042482617304282707700
00000016192327498811615025754398923075680707700
1938 D JEFFERSON 5C MS Six Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base991212161620202428326311113117932067419693149743711
91012131617202125294279118147226438110623624578743710
000000202125294279118147226438110623624578743700
000000202327315395124163273556153727566008743700
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Grade: MS 67 5FS
Points: 2885
Owner: chunk-it
 
Grade: MS 67 5FS
Points: 2885
Owner: cornercoins
 
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