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: 8/4/2020

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1938 5C MS
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Base $ 0.25 0.30 0.40 0.50 1.25 1.75 2.00 2.25 2.75 5.00 5.00 5.75 9.00 16.00 25.00 50.00 175 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 30.00 65.00 600 -
1938 5C MS 6FS
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1800 - - - -
1938 5C MS 5FS
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 15.00 23.00 40.00 90.00 150 650 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 350 1400 -

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Disclaimer: The prices listed in the various NGC Price and Value Guides are compiled from a number of independent, third party sources in the numismatic community which NGC believes to be reliable. Prices provided are averages, not specific prices for individual coins. Further, because these prices are only updated from time to time, they do not reflect short term pricing trends, which are quite common and are often quite dramatic, given the volatile nature of the collectible coin marketplace. This is especially true for rare coins, where there are fewer sales and greater variations in sale prices. For all of these reasons, the prices in these guides are designed to serve merely as one of many measures and factors that coin buyers and sellers can use in determining coin values. These prices are not intended, and should not be relied upon, to replace the due diligence and — when appropriate — expert consultation that coin buyers and sellers should undertake when entering into a coin transaction. As such, NGC disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information contained in the NGC Guides. By using the NGC Guides, the user agrees that neither NGC nor any of its affiliates, shareholders, officers, employees or agents shall have any liability for any loss or damage of any kind, including without limitation any loss arising from reliance on the information contained in the Guides.

Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1308
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 68

The chart showing F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 8/11/2020 1938 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---3----1320121915793474761963--1165
-----------------11---2
-----------------23---5
----------------1-----1
Total---3----1320121915793484792003--1173
 ---0%----0%0%2%0%0%2%1%7%30%41%17%0%-- 
1938 5C MS 5FS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------2133877112--143
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-----------------16---7
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Total--------------2133878172--150
 --------------1%9%25%52%11%1%-- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1938 5C MS PL
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Base33333669991216162028631022017748519821131
3333467991013161723407613539280089510320
0000007991013161723407613539280089500
0000008991115161925518916858382593800
1938 5C MS 5FS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base66699162024283259811021231431633957932936313934853859
6679111721252941668810913015024052815073004325436100
00000021252941668810913015024052815073004325400
00000023273150749511613615631866022223071337000
1938 5C MS 6FS
 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: Cpy79
 
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