Coin Specifications

Category: Jefferson Five Cents (1938-Date)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 19,496,000
Obverse Designer: Felix Schlag
Reverse Designer: Felix Schlag
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5.0000g
Diameter: 21.2mm
Edge: Plain
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1938 5C MS obverse 1938 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The new Jefferson Nickels were not released until late in 1938, and even then the coins were difficult to obtain in quantity. As collectors and speculators sought to put away complete rolls of fresh coins, this situation was frustrating for about a year or so. Finally, remaining stocks of Buffalo Nickels were depleted, and the 1938 Jeffersons became common and were hoarded by the roll.

This issue is readily available in all grades through MS 66, and there are enough MS 67 coins to meet the demands of the most competitive collectors. The original master hub for this type's reverse was indistinct in the portico and steps of Monticello, so coins certified with five full steps (5FS) are rare, and 6FS coins are all but unknown.

Minor doubled-die obverse varieties are known for this issue, and these make a nice supplement to an otherwise very common coin.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/4/2015

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1938 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 0.24 0.30 0.42 0.90 1.20 1.80 2.10 2.40 2.70 3.60 4.20 4.80 7.25 13.50 23.00 45.00 250 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 30.00 65.00 500 -
1938 5C MS Six Full Steps
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1800 - - - -
1938 5C MS Five Full Steps
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 40.00 110 285 2850 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1090
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 68


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
2/27/2007 PCGS MS 64   Five Full Steps Heritage Auctions Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #27031, 27031/Lot# 13066 $37.00
6/10/2007 PCGS MS 66   Teletrade Auction 2379, 2379/Lot# 1168 $32.00
5/2/2010 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 2846, 2846/Lot# 1510 $195.50
2/9/2014 PCGS MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/09/2014, 171/Lot# 170829 $8.00
8/17/2014 PCGS MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 817, 826/Lot# 1095 $15.00
10/8/2014 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 8 - 13 PNG New York Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(6), 1210/Lot# 9715 $164.50
2/20/2015 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3522, 6091/Lot# 21052 $70.50
3/26/2017 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131714/Lot# 21093 $119.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1938 5C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333669991216162028631022017748519821131
3333467991013161723407613539280089510320
0000007991013161723407613539280089500
0000008991115161925518916858382593800
1938 5C MS Five Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base66699162024283259811021231431633957932936313934853859
6679111721252941668810913015024052815073004325436100
00000021252941668810913015024052815073004325400
00000023273150749511613615631866022223071337000
1938 5C MS Six Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base999121220242832378110216318323727245023353073328436414027
99101215212529345288122170201249331107825813143340337700
0000002529345288122170201249331107825813143340300
0000002731356695143176219260391170728273214352200
1938 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333366691212162454941837257989231066
33333346671012131934671243647498409710
000000466710121319346712436474984000
000000566811121521448115354477488100
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Grade: MS 67 5FS
Points: 2936
Owner: rockhobby
 
Grade: MS 66 5FS
Points: 793
Owner: Weidel Legacy Collection
 
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