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
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1942 S 5C MS obverse 1942 S 5C MS reverse


  
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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
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1.25 1.30 1.45 1.80 2.00 2.00 2.25 2.50 3.10 3.75 4.50 5.00 6.00 7.75 16.00 25.00 55.00 105 2000 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 60.00 - -
1942 S 5C MS Five Full Steps
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 38.00 90.00 325 3250 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 45.00 - - - -
1942 S 5C MS Six Full Steps
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 675 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3953
Low Grade: 45
Average Grade: 66
High Grade: 68


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
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Grade
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2/2/1998 NGC MS 66   Teletrade Auction 1020, 1020/Lot# 1172 $14.75
1/7/2004 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2004 Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Sale #336, 336/Lot# 5491 $368.00
5/9/2007 PCGS MS 67   Five Full Steps Heritage Auctions 2007 St. Louis, MO (CSNS) Signature Coin Auction #434, 434/Lot# 1695 $3,737.50
10/22/2007 NGC MS 67   Teletrade Auction 2439, 2439/Lot# 1137 $73.00
9/16/2012 PCGS MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/16/2012, 40/Lot# 74455 $15.00
6/16/2014 NGC MS 67   Five Full Steps Stack's Bowers iAuciton 3486, 6035/Lot# 20175 $317.25
8/17/2014 PCGS MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 817, 826/Lot# 1098 $20.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1942 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3666666999121616202863102220381252527943868
466666799101316172340761412741096261531520
000000799101316172340761412741096261500
000000899111516192551891813271810270400
1942 S 5C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3666666999162020243272115237409262829604037
466666799111720212745861562941149273933190
000000799111720212745861562941149273900
0000008991419202329591011963521888284900
1942 S 5C MS Five Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2428282832323237374145455463761553368653126344735254141
252828293232343738424548576710221551216193233347337300
000000343738424548576710221551216193233347300
000000353740444551607212927668923723340349900
1942 S 5C MS Six Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base28323232374141454550545463768910227213632161269930094141
29323234384142454751545767809315963616292340280233860
00000042454751545767809315963616292340280200
00000044454853546072859821599918952520290600
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Grade: MS 67 5FS
Points: 3126
Owner: rockhobby
 
Grade: MS 66 5FS
Points: 1619
Owner: HuD
 
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