Coin Specifications

Category: Jefferson Five Cents (1938-Date)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 104,060,000
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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1943 S 5C MS obverse 1943 S 5C MS reverse


  
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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

This is another common issue, as all of the wartime nickels were hoarded by the roll. 1943 S nickels are noticeably superior in overall quality to S-Mint nickels of the previous several years. Full strikes may be found with a bit of shopping, and full-step coins are likewise available to the advanced collector.

The small number of prooflike nickels for this date and other San Francisco nickels of the 1940s resulted from that mint's practice of using dies until they were quite worn and then buffing out the flowlines with abrasive polishing. This left the fields brilliant but hairlined, and even the devices are sometimes brilliant.

Several doubled-die and repunched mintmark varieties are noted for 1943 S, none of them particularly exciting. Interested persons should consult two books for more information: The Best of the Jefferson Nickel Doubled Die Varieties by John Wexler and Brian Ribar, and The Jefferson Nickel RPM Book by James Wiles.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/7/2014

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1943 S 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 1.25 1.30 1.45 1.80 2.00 2.25 2.50 2.75 3.00 4.00 4.50 7.00 15.00 20.00 35.00 85.00 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 45.00 1300 -
1943 S 5C MS Five Full Steps, Prooflike
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 25.00 38.00 115 1250 2950 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1943 S 5C MS Six Full Steps
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 160 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 5144
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 66
High Grade: 68


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Auction Prices Realized

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8/5/2003 PCGS MS 65   Five Full Steps Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #23082, 23082/Lot# 13174 $32.00
7/10/2006 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2006 July Dallas, TX On-Line Coin Session #411, 411/Lot# 7471 $103.50
8/13/2006 PCGS MS 67   Five Full Steps Heritage Auctions 2006 August Denver, CO Signature & Platinum Night Auction #414, 414/Lot# 745 $805.00
2/19/2007 PCGS MS 66   Five Full Steps Teletrade Auction 2329, 2329/Lot# 1144 $58.00
6/19/2008 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 258, 264/Lot# 5160 $13.00
11/8/2011 PCGS MS 66   Teletrade Auction 3169, 3169/Lot# 1035 $20.00
4/28/2014 PCGS MS 66   Five Full Steps Stack's Bowers iAuction 3479, 6028/Lot# 20140 $152.75
8/31/2014 NGC MS 67   Five Full Steps GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/31/2014, 189/Lot# 211171 $390.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1943 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333366669999121624288194320360429713
333466679991013192546851693333835240
0000006799910131925468516933338300
0000006899911152127639024534740600
1943 S 5C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base666666699991212122850721473145656631051
6666667999101212173557972033985987920
00000079991012121735579720339859800
000000899911121223436512225848163000
1943 S 5C MS Five Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base202424242828283232373737506372851793111130123314082068
2124242528282932343737415466761162235841164129116280
0000002932343737415466761162235841164129100
0000003132353737465969811482678571199135000
1943 S 5C MS Six Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base202424242828283232373741546776891863231166127114502124
2124242528282932343738455870801212326041201133116750
0000002932343738455870801212326041201133100
0000003132353740506373851542778851236139000
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Grade: MS 67 6FS
Points: 1166
Owner: Weidel Cameo Coins
 
Grade: MS 67 5FS
Points: 1130
Owner: Eagles Nest
 
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