Coin Specifications

Category: Jefferson Five Cents (1938-Date)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 39,690,000
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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1940 S 5C MS obverse 1940 S 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This issue is quite common in Mint State from the many rolls that were set aside at the time, but finding a truly gem specimen is quite challenging. This is especially true if one is seeking a coin from fresh dies and having a sharp strike.

Most 1940 S nickels were poorly made from tired dies having obvious signs of heavy erosion. Also common are ones showing die-clash marks or the excessive polishing of the dies to remove such marks. Combined with often sub-par luster, these condition did not make for attractive coins. This is an issue that will require very careful shopping.

Despite all of these caveats, the sheer number of surviving Mint State pieces has resulted in a fair number of coins certified as having either 5FS or 6FS.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/7/2014

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1940 S 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 0.07 0.12 0.20 0.38 0.60 1.00 1.20 1.50 1.80 3.60 4.80 6.35 15.00 25.00 45.00 250 - - -
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1940 S 5C MS Five Full Steps
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 25.00 55.00 200 2450 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1940 S 5C MS Six Full Steps
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 30.00 60.00 225 2000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 404
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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6/4/2003 PCGS MS 64   Five Full Steps Teletrade Auction 1734, 1734/Lot# 1155 $20.00
4/25/2005 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Richmond Sale, Internet-Only Auction, 40/Lot# 310 $12.65
5/28/2006 PCGS MS 66   Five Full Steps Teletrade Auction 2210, 2210/Lot# 1252 $201.60
4/2/2007 PCGS MS 66   Five Full Steps Teletrade Auction 2348, 2348/Lot# 1167 $190.40
5/17/2009 PCGS MS 66   Five Full Steps Teletrade Auction 2693, 2693/Lot# 1272 $97.75
1/26/2014 NGC MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/26/2014, 165/Lot# 160953 $57.20
3/30/2014 PCGS MS 66   Five Full Steps Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131414/Lot# 26063 $305.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1940 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33336666912121216202832102119381426505824
3334666710121213172329551082063964526110
00000067101212131723295510820639645200
00000068111212151925317911329441147900
1940 S 5C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333333991216202467123201774120633
3333333359101317213886149392918120630
0000003359101317213886149392918120600
000000337911151923531041755831062120600
1940 S 5C MS Five Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333399121620241022206202727280733
3333333359101317215014135313222754280730
0000003359101317215014135313222754280700
0000003379111519237618148720252780280700
1940 S 5C MS Six Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333612121620242812323767424643852425411652
33333334812131721256016138312712927398667200
00000034812131721256016138312712927398600
000000351012151923279119952818673389412000
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Grade: MS 67 6FS
Points: 2464
Owner: lehigh96
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 745
Owner: The BRG Collection
 
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