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 Five Full Steps
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
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1939 REV OF 40 5C MS Six Full Steps
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 765
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68


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7/10/2006 NGC MS 68   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 95, 100/Lot# 1853 $13.80
2/27/2007 PCGS MS 64   Five Full Steps Heritage Auctions Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #27031, 27031/Lot# 13073 $15.00
9/14/2008 NGC MS 67   Five Full Steps Goldberg September 14-16, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 48/Lot# 773 $1,380.00
12/31/2008 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 2634, 2634/Lot# 2125 $92.00
1/23/2011 PCGS MS 66   Five Full Steps Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 211021/Lot# 20077 $79.00
2/28/2012 NGC MS 67   Five Full Steps Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 1924 $258.75
1/13/2013 NGC MS 67   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/13/2013, 57/Lot# 92787 $55.00
10/20/2013 PCGS MS 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/20/2013, 97/Lot# 130834 $36.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1939 REV OF 40 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333333391228321231435395976991101
333333333335101729621302755586318330
0000003333351017296213027555863100
0000003333371123319313640757866500
1939 REV OF 40 5C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333366669992454127194456274030544198
33333346667991434781492811217284434350
00000046667991434781492811217284400
000000566689919441021713681978294900
1939 REV OF 40 5C MS Five Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base5454636772727681899494981191311552012728202009216124483447
545764697273788491949510512313917022545512162060225727810
000000788491949510512313917022545512162060225700
000000798692949711212714718624863716132110235200
1939 REV OF 40 5C MS Six Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base63636772818594127155171186212251351395646127121432483536733
636469758288105136160176195225284366479854156222563444536730
000000105136160176195225284366479854156222563444536700
0000001161461661812032383183805621063185223704406536700
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 2783
Owner: James G. Berline
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 2783
Owner: lehigh96
 
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