Coin Specifications

Category: Jefferson Five Cents (1938-Date)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 21,640,000
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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1944 S 5C MS obverse 1944 S 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Like most S-Mint coins of the 1940s, the 1944 S nickel was poorly made overall. The dies were used too long, and the typical piece is weakly struck in places, most notably at the steps of Monticello (photo). Examples having 5FS or 6FS are rare.

An innovation devised by two San Francisco Mint employees in 1944 was the dual-collar for mounting two die pairs in a single press. This nearly doubled the output of the smaller coins, though it may have contributed to each receiving a lesser impression.

Repunched mintmarks are far fewer for 1944 S nickels than for other dates of the wartime composition.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/7/2014

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1944 S 5C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1.25 1.30 1.45 1.80 2.00 2.00 2.25 3.00 3.40 4.00 4.25 4.50 5.00 7.50 15.00 21.00 42.00 90.00 2900 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 50.00 - -
1944 S 5C MS Five Full Steps
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 90.00 285 525 3000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1944 S 5C MS Six Full Steps
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 750 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 4847
Low Grade: F
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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3/13/1996 NGC MS 67   Teletrade Auction 0823, 823/Lot# 248 $29.75
7/25/2005 NGC MS 67   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #47, 52/Lot# 148 $33.35
5/28/2006 PCGS MS 67   Goldberg May 28-31, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 36/Lot# 141 $149.50
6/19/2007 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #27064, 27064/Lot# 13075 $15.00
4/7/2013 NGC MS 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/07/2013, 69/Lot# 101251 $30.00
9/5/2014 PCGS MS 67   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3498, 6052/Lot# 20082 $99.88


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1944 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6666666991212121216244159139278288532114000
666666791012121213182947851851147299334740
000000791012121213182947851851147299300
0000008911121212142135531122312016310200
1944 S 5C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6666666991212121220284567151301302133574173
666666791012121214223352952011207313336290
000000791012121214223352952011207313300
0000008911121212172539591232512114324500
1944 S 5C MS Five Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12121616161620202024242432374150721551609296032924217
12131616161720202124242633384457996392059307036000
00000020202124242633384457996392059307000
0000002020222424293539476412711242509318100
1944 S 5C MS Six Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base16161620202024242428283237415016366110282124298533154361
16161720202124242528293338448732978313932411309536630
00000024242528293338448732978313932411309500
000000242426283035394712549590517582698320500
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Grade: MS 67 5FS
Points: 1609
Owner: Daniel Beavers
 
Grade: MS 67 5FS
Points: 1609
Owner: HergertCollection
 
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