Coin Specifications

Category: Jefferson Five Cents (1938-Date)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 32,900,000
Catalog: KM-192a
Obverse Designer: Felix Schlag
Reverse Designer: Felix Schlag
Composition: Copper-Silver-Manganese
Fineness: 0.3500
Weight: 5.00 Grams
Diameter: 21.2mm
Edge: Plain
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1942 S 5C MS obverse 1942 S 5C MS reverse


  
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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

The San Francisco Mint did not coin five-cent pieces of the conventional composition at all during 1942. It joined Philadelphia in striking the new wartime alloy coins in the final months of the year.

The copper-silver-manganese alloy was quite soft in relation to the pre-war composition, and this both increased the useful life of dies and the percentage of sharply struck coins. Thus, most 1942 S nickels are quite pleasing to the eye, and the percentage of 5FS and 6FS coins is higher than usual for an S-Mint nickel. On the down side, all wartime composition issues wore very quickly in circulation while simultaneously becoming quite dark due to the low fineness of the silver.

Repunched mintmark (RPM) varieties are numerous, but none of them are particularly attractive to non-specialists.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/7/2014

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1942 S 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 1.25 1.30 1.45 1.80 2.00 2.25 2.50 3.10 3.75 5.00 6.00 7.75 16.00 25.00 55.00 105 2000 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 60.00 - -
1942 S 5C MS Five Full Steps
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 38.00 90.00 325 3250 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 45.00 - - - -
1942 S 5C MS Six Full Steps
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 675 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 4099
Low Grade: 45
Average Grade: 66
High Grade: 68


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Auction Prices Realized

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5/19/1999 NGC MS 67   Teletrade Auction 1165, 1165/Lot# 1218 $35.97
8/28/2008 NGC MS 66   Five Full Steps David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 278, 284/Lot# 5229 $104.65
1/10/2010 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction #210013, 210013/Lot# 24401 $56.00
9/30/2012 PCGS MS 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/30/2012, 42/Lot# 74456 $23.00
11/1/2013 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 1 - 3 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1191/Lot# 4961 $1,468.75
6/30/2014 NGC MS 67   Five Full Steps Stack's Bowers iAuction 3488, 6037/Lot# 20146 $317.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1942 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33336666912121216202863102220381258527543783
3334666710121213172340761412741116264130970
0000006710121213172340761412741116264100
0000006811121215192551891813271850269800
1942 S 5C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3666666999162032374572115237409262829604037
466666799111724344054861562941149273933190
000000799111724344054861562941149273900
0000008991419283542631011963521888284900
1942 S 5C MS Five Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2428282832323237374145455463761633368653126344735254141
252828293232343738424548576710522151216193233347337300
000000343738424548576710522151216193233347300
000000353740444551607213427868923723340349900
1942 S 5C MS Six Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33336666912121263768910227213633447371238174431
333466671012122967809315963620583535374740220
000000671012122967809315963620583535374700
000000681112124672859821599927523624378200
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Grade: MS 67 5FS
Points: 3126
Owner: rockhobby
 
Grade: MS 66 5FS
Points: 1619
Owner: HuD
 
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