Coin Specifications

Category: Jefferson Five Cents (1938-Date)
Mint: Philadelphia
Catalog: KM-192
Obverse Designer: Felix Schlag
Reverse Designer: Felix Schlag
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5.00 Grams
Diameter: 21.2mm
Edge: Plain
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1939 REV OF 38 5C MS obverse 1939 REV OF 38 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This was the first year of production for Jefferson Nickels, and the huge mintage of 1939(P) clearly reflects this fact. Both the obverse and reverse master hubs were revised from the 1938 coinage, the obverse at the very beginning of 1939 and the reverse a little later, after minting had already commenced. Thus, a minority of 1939(P) nickels have the old style reverse, with its indistinct central features of Monticello.

1939(P) Rev of 38 nickels are relatively scarce across all grades, though heavily worn pieces are probably indistinguishable as to their reverse subtype. Examples having any degree of full steps are extremely rare. Since NGC did not distinguish the two reverses for many years, the numbers below are incomplete and may rise as previously certified coins are resubmitted for the complete description.


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1939 REV OF 38 5C MS Five Full Steps
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 58.00 160 340 1650 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - 5750 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 74
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67


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1/15/2001 PCGS MS 66   Five Full Steps Teletrade Auction 1396, 1396/Lot# 1108 $76.30
5/9/2001 PCGS MS 67   Five Full Steps Teletrade Auction 1435, 1435/Lot# 1113 $763.00
5/11/2003 PCGS MS 66   Five Full Steps Teletrade Auction 1722, 1722/Lot# 1083 $143.00
7/30/2006 PCGS MS 66   Five Full Steps Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #66081, 66081/Lot# 24076 $276.00
8/29/2006 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #26091, 26091/Lot# 13144 $21.00
7/5/2009 PCGS MS 66   Five Full Steps Teletrade Auction 2714, 2714/Lot# 1399 $184.00
7/8/2010 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 495, 501/Lot# 7204 $345.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1939 REV OF 38 5C MS
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33333346666791336841533751327271832950
00000046666791336841533751327271800
000000566668916511021865291971282200
1939 REV OF 38 5C MS Prooflike
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Base333333333666912284510246674590811521494
3333333346671017346422355979998912660
0000003346671017346422355979998900
00000033566811233983345652854107100
1939 REV OF 38 5C MS Five Full Steps
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Base3333333333336920324514711103281479010180
3333333333347122436794681833378465860
0000003333347122436794681833378400
00000033333581628401137892557428700
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 684
Owner: Daniel Beavers
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 684
Owner: GILMORE
 
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