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: 4053
Low Grade: 45
Average Grade: 66
High Grade: 68


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5/12/1999 NGC MS 67   Teletrade Auction 1162, 1162/Lot# 1209 $29.75
1/24/2000 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 1262, 1262/Lot# 1256 $8.75
1/1/2007 NGC MS 67   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 120, 125/Lot# 4607 $47.15
8/14/2007 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #27083, 27083/Lot# 13109 $21.00
4/1/2012 NGC MS 65   Five Full Steps GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/01/2012, 16/Lot# 41442 $57.20
5/12/2013 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131321/Lot# 24812 $28.00
6/16/2014 NGC MS 67   Five Full Steps Stack's Bowers iAuciton 3486, 6035/Lot# 20175 $317.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1942 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33336666912121216202832102119381426505824
3334666710121213172329551082063964526110
00000067101212131723295510820639645200
00000068111212151925317911329441147900
1942 S 5C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3666666999162020243272115237409262829604037
466666799111720212745861562941149273933190
000000799111720212745861562941149273900
0000008991419202329591011963521888284900
1942 S 5C MS Five Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2428282832323237374145455463761553363783126344735254141
252828293232343738424548576710221535012943233347337300
000000343738424548576710221535012943233347300
000000353740444551607212927636422103340349900
1942 S 5C MS Six Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33336666912121263768910227213632161269930094141
333466671012122967809315963616292340280233860
000000671012122967809315963616292340280200
000000681112124672859821599918952520290600
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Grade: MS 67 5FS
Points: 3126
Owner: rockhobby
 
Grade: MS 66 6FS
Points: 1363
Owner: Jwillie33
 
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