Coin Specifications

Category: Jefferson Five Cents (1938-Date)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 43,445,000
Catalog: KM-192
Obverse Designer: Felix Schlag
Reverse Designer: Felix Schlag
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5.0000g
Diameter: 21.2mm
Edge: Plain
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1941 S 5C MS obverse 1941 S 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Though plentiful in Mint State, 1941 S nickels were so poorly made that finding a truly satisfying example will be very difficult. Most have dull luster and soft or blurry details. The dies were run far too long, and when erosion lines formed these were simply polished away, taking the shallow design features with them. Gems of any die state are scarce, and those having either 5FS or 6FS are quite rare.

The Philadelphia Mint created a new S mintmark punch that was phased in during 1941 for all denomination other than the half dollar, which first appeared with the new, Large S punch in 1942. 1941 S nickels having the Large S are scarce in Mint State and will bring a good premium. The Small S variety having its mintmark inverted may be hard to discern on worn coins.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/7/2014

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1941 S 5C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 0.07 0.10 0.15 0.30 0.60 0.60 1.50 1.70 1.90 2.10 2.70 3.45 4.60 6.35 12.00 25.00 40.00 300 - - -
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1941 S 5C MS Five Full Steps
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 45.00 60.00 375 5500 - - -
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1941 S 5C MS Six Full Steps
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 800 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 328
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 67


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10/14/1996 NGC MS 67   Teletrade Auction 0884, 884/Lot# 1171 $26.75
6/6/2001 PCGS MS 64   Five Full Steps Teletrade Auction 1445, 1445/Lot# 1142 $26.75
9/14/2004 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #24093, 24093/Lot# 13297 $28.00
1/17/2006 PCGS MS 65   Five Full Steps Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #26014, 26014/Lot# 13091 $80.50
8/21/2006 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2006 August Denver, CO Online Session #415, 415/Lot# 7601 $230.00
7/4/2007 NGC MS 66   Teletrade Auction 2390, 2390/Lot# 1122 $38.00
10/12/2014 PCGS MS 65   Five Full Steps GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 224593 $25.00
10/26/2014 PCGS MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 827, 836/Lot# 563 $36.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1941 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333336666912162045102163820120611
333333466671013172864122382949120610
000000466671013172864122382949120600
0000005666811151937831436011077120600
1941 S 5C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333366661216202450111179874127111
3333334666813172133701344111006127110
0000004666813172133701344111006127100
00000056661015192341911566421139127100
1941 S 5C MS Five Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333336669121620371832379493984443111
3333334667101317268620147419614133443110
0000004667101317268620147419614133443100
00000056681115193113421971229724282443100
1941 S 5C MS Six Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333339912162024284520127215054141469411
333333591013172125349722568323844325469410
000000591013172125349722568323844325469400
00000079111519232739149248109432624510469400
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Grade: MS 67 5FS
Points: 3984
Owner: Weidel Cameo Coins
 
Grade: MS 66 6FS
Points: 1505
Owner: rockhobby
 
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