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
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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: 7/10/2015

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1944 S 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 1.25 1.30 1.45 1.80 2.00 2.25 3.00 3.40 4.00 4.50 5.00 7.50 15.00 21.00 42.00 90.00 2150 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 50.00 - -
1944 S 5C MS Five Full Steps
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 90.00 285 525 3000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1944 S 5C MS Six Full Steps
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 750 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 5151
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 66
High Grade: 68


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
11/10/2004 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 1960, 1960/Lot# 2200 $35.00
4/25/2005 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Richmond Sale, Internet-Only Auction, 40/Lot# 325 $13.80
5/28/2006 PCGS MS 67   Goldberg May 28-31, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 36/Lot# 141 $149.50
12/5/2010 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 210122/Lot# 22059 $149.50
6/30/2013 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131328/Lot# 28715 $70.00
3/2/2014 NGC MS 67   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/02/2014, 182/Lot# 71751 $82.50
9/7/2014 PCGS MS 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/07/2014, 191/Lot# 173262 $46.00
3/27/2015 PCGS MS 67   Five Full Steps Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 5301 $1,292.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1944 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333666691212161616285985171336296032923817
3334666710121316162038681142261211307134670
0000006710121316162038681142261211307100
0000006811121516162449761422812085318100
1944 S 5C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base666699912121616202020326794186366302133574173
666799101213161720202444761252461251313336290
000000101213161720202444761252461251313300
000000111215161920202855851553062136324500
1944 S 5C MS Five Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base121216161616202020242424323763370979311733009321635694847
1213161616172020212424273423665873792017853078333439950
0000002020212424273423665873792017853078333400
00000020202324242935434684765104623973147345100
1944 S 5C MS Six Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base16162020202024242428282837415016366114503057328136395158
16172020202124242528283138448832992419863132340041450
00000024242528283138448832992419863132340000
0000002424272828344047125495118725213206352000
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Grade: MS 67 5FS
Points: 3009
Owner: Daniel Beavers
 
Grade: MS 67 5FS
Points: 3009
Owner: HergertCollection
 
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