Coin Specifications

Category: Jefferson Five Cents (1938-Date)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 7,776,000
Catalog: KM-A192
Obverse Designer: Felix Schlag
Reverse Designer: Felix Schlag
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5.00 Grams
Diameter: 21.2mm
Edge: Plain
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1951 S 5C MS obverse 1951 S 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The modest mintage for the 1951 S nickel attracted widespread hoarding, and Mint State pieces of so-so quality are plentiful. Sharply struck gems are very elusive, though coins having pleasing luster with soft strikes are easy to find. In the late 1940s and early 1950s the San Francisco Mint frequently repolished worn dies to remove erosion lines and extend their usage. This accounts for both the shallow lettering and occasional prooflike pieces found from this mint.

Several repunched mintmark varieties may be found, all of them quite minor.

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Price Guide

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1951 S 5C MS
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Base $ 0.12 0.18 0.25 0.45 0.70 0.70 0.90 1.05 1.15 1.40 1.90 2.40 3.50 5.75 14.00 25.00 50.00 450 - - -
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1951 S 5C MS Five Full Steps
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 65.00 250 1250 - - - -
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1951 S 5C MS Six Full Steps
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 439
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 67


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4/4/2001 PCGS MS 66   Teletrade Auction 1423, 1423/Lot# 1311 $35.97
4/25/2005 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Richmond Sale, Internet-Only Auction, 40/Lot# 346 $13.80
8/15/2006 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #26084, 26084/Lot# 13309 $27.00
9/12/2006 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #26093, 26093/Lot# 13242 $37.00
2/4/2008 PCGS MS 66   Teletrade Auction 2485, 2485/Lot# 1253 $41.00
12/31/2008 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 2634, 2634/Lot# 1231 $14.00
12/22/2013 NGC MS 67   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/22/2013, 106/Lot# 80990 $150.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1951 S 5C MS
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1951 S 5C MS Prooflike
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1951 S 5C MS Five Full Steps
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1951 S 5C MS Six Full Steps
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 457
Owner: lehigh96
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 220
Owner: GILMORE
 
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