Coin Specifications

Category: Jefferson Five Cents (1938-Date)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 49,789,000
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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1942 NICKEL 5C MS obverse 1942 NICKEL 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The production of conventional five-cent pieces was cut short in the spring of 1942, as the U. S. Mint began preparations for a new alloy that would reduced the copper content of this coin and eliminate nickel altogether for the duration of World War II.

1942(P) nickels are plentiful in Mint State, but a great many of them reveal worn dies and so-so luster. This issue was not well struck as a rule. The coin illustrated reveals a frequent problem with Jefferson Nickels in that its soft strike failed to smooth the many marks in the planchet. These marks still appear at the highest points of the coin's design, such as Jefferson's jaw. Examples having either 5FS or 6FS are scarce and rare, respectively.

A couple of doubled-die obverse (DDO) varieties have become popular, and these are certified by NGC under its VarietyPlus Service.

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1942 NICKEL 5C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 0.06 0.10 0.15 0.20 0.45 0.45 0.75 0.80 0.90 1.20 2.40 3.45 5.75 7.50 15.00 30.00 60.00 165 - - -
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1942 NICKEL 5C MS Five Full Steps
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 35.00 80.00 875 - - - -
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1942 NICKEL 5C MS Six Full Steps
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 350 - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 615
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 67


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12/30/2003 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #24011, 24011/Lot# 11199 $23.00
4/25/2005 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Richmond Sale, Internet-Only Auction, 40/Lot# 314 $13.80
6/26/2008 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2008 June West Palm Beach, FL (Summer FUN) Signature Coin Auction #1110, 1110/Lot# 5436 $373.75
4/3/2011 PCGS MS 66   Teletrade Auction 3041, 3041/Lot# 1313 $44.00
2/26/2012 PCGS MS 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/26/2012, 9/Lot# 25160 $55.00
5/26/2013 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131323/Lot# 28651 $164.50
3/9/2014 PCGS MS 64   Five Full Steps GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/09/2014, 167/Lot# 176306 $16.00
11/6/2014 PCGS MS 66   Five Full Steps Heritage Auctions 2014 November 6 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(5), 1211/Lot# 7443 $822.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1942 NICKEL 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333332599812316320125563190824844897111
3333333124172106136175219380723143332884897110
0000003124172106136175219380723143332884897100
0000003225085114149188237505815195840924897100
1942 NICKEL 5C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333333912243267135258575135211
333333333351016274490176364834135210
000000333351016274490176364834135200
00000033337112029551122174691093135200
1942 NICKEL 5C MS Five Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333333912243214330415831658305711
333333333351016276919773016082124305710
000000333351016276919773016082124305700
00000033337112029106250115716332591305700
1942 NICKEL 5C MS Six Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333333312163759908113816581928518011
33333333336132344342985131117483012518010
00000033336132344342985131117483012518000
000000333391530526251061148518384096518000
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Grade: MS 66 5FS
Points: 1583
Owner: cornercoins
 
Grade: MS 66 5FS
Points: 1583
Owner: GILMORE
 
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