Coin Specifications

Category: Jefferson Five Cents (1938-Date)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 5,376,000
Obverse Designer: Felix Schlag
Reverse Designer: Felix Schlag
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5.0000g
Diameter: 21.2mm
Edge: Plain
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1938 D JEFFERSON 5C MS obverse 1938 D JEFFERSON 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Despite its relatively modest mintage, the 1938 D Jefferson Nickel is common across most grades. Many rolls were put away at the time, and this issue's low mintage further encouraged collectors to save duplicates encountered in circulation. Of the three mints, Denver was at this time producing the most consistently well made coins, and superb gems are fairly plentiful. 1938 D is also the coin most likely to be found with either five or six full steps, though neither may be called common. The poor quality of the master hub precluded a large number of fully struck pieces.

An extremely minor doubled-die reverse is known for 1938 D nickels, but it is of little interest to collectors.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/4/2015

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1938 D JEFFERSON 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 0.90 1.00 1.15 1.40 1.80 2.52 2.70 3.00 3.30 3.90 4.20 4.80 8.00 17.00 28.00 43.00 125 4900 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1938 D JEFFERSON 5C MS Five Full Steps
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 50.00 90.00 180 850 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 275 1900 -
1938 D JEFFERSON 5C MS Six Full Steps
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1300 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2440
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 66
High Grade: 68


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5/29/2007 NGC MS 67   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 145, 150/Lot# 433 $89.70
9/23/2007 PCGS MS 67   Five Full Steps Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 2555 $1,035.00
1/20/2008 PCGS MS 65   Five Full Steps Teletrade Auction 2478, 2478/Lot# 1196 $100.80
4/24/2013 PCGS MS 67   Five Full Steps Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1184/Lot# 1590 $822.50
8/4/2013 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131333/Lot# 28754 $66.00
3/30/2014 PCGS MS 67   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/30/2014, 184/Lot# 181872 $1,430.00
3/30/2014 NGC MS 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/30/2014, 184/Lot# 153312 $42.00
4/1/2014 PCGS MS 67   Five Full Steps Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 7577 $616.88
4/2/2015 NGC MS 66   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3528, 6097/Lot# 20121 $64.63


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1938 D JEFFERSON 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333666999912121628671151711028378341794606
33346679991012132041831344571946391543210
00000079991012132041831344571946391500
00000089991112152454991527422865404700
1938 D JEFFERSON 5C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33669991212121216162032761271861092394843584798
346799101212121316172447931474882044408545050
000000101212121316172447931474882044408500
0000001112121215161928611101667902996422100
1938 D JEFFERSON 5C MS Five Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base66991212121616161637591021432013365971843394843584798
6791012121316161623447311616224642310122545408545050
0000001316161623447311616224642310122545408500
0000001516161630528812918229151014283246422100
1938 D JEFFERSON 5C MS Six Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base991212161620202428326311113117932067419692072412045424996
91012131617202125294279118147226438110620032755426146930
000000202125294279118147226438110620032755426100
000000202327315395124163273556153720383437440100
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Grade: MS 67 5FS
Points: 1843
Owner: chunk-it
 
Grade: MS 67 5FS
Points: 1843
Owner: cornercoins
 
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