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
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/7/2014

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1940 S 5C MS
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Base $ 0.07 0.12 0.20 0.38 0.60 0.60 1.00 1.20 1.50 1.80 2.65 3.60 4.80 6.35 15.00 25.00 45.00 250 - - -
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1940 S 5C MS Five Full Steps
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 25.00 55.00 200 2450 - - -
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1940 S 5C MS Six Full Steps
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 30.00 60.00 225 2000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 391
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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3/8/2004 PCGS MS 65   Five Full Steps Teletrade Auction 1854, 1854/Lot# 1230 $35.00
4/25/2005 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Richmond Sale, Internet-Only Auction, 40/Lot# 310 $12.65
1/14/2007 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #67013, 67013/Lot# 24315 $19.00
3/27/2007 PCGS MS 65   Five Full Steps Heritage Auctions Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #27041, 27041/Lot# 13090 $28.00
6/2/2013 PCGS MS 66   Five Full Steps GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/02/2013, 77/Lot# 110713 $115.50
7/29/2013 PCGS MS 65   Five Full Steps Teletrade Auction 3441, 3441/Lot# 1160 $30.00
1/19/2014 PCGS MS 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/19/2014, 185/Lot# 165099 $28.84
6/29/2014 NGC MS 67   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 195/Lot# 145065 $77.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1940 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333366912162059102183725113811
333333334671013173373129364863113810
000000334671013173373129364863113800
0000003356811151946881565441000113800
1940 S 5C MS Prooflike
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Base333333333991216202467123201774120611
3333333359101317213886149392918120610
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000000337911151923531041755831062120600
1940 S 5C MS Five Full Steps
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Base33333333399121620241022206202727280711
3333333359101317215014135313222754280710
0000003359101317215014135313222754280700
0000003379111519237618148720252780280700
1940 S 5C MS Six Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333361212162024281232376742781385211
33333334812131721256016138313763138385210
00000034812131721256016138313763138385200
000000351012151923279119952820793495385200
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Grade: MS 67 6FS
Points: 2781
Owner: lehigh96
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 745
Owner: The BRG Collection
 
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