Coin Specifications

Category: Jefferson Five Cents (1938-Date)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 120,615,000
Obverse Designer: Felix Schlag
Reverse Designer: Felix Schlag
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5.0000g
Diameter: 21.2mm
Edge: Plain
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1939 5C MS obverse 1939 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

NGC now certifies all 1939 nickels as either Reverse of 1938 or Reverse of 1940, so descriptions of these coins will be found in the two entries that follow. The tables below refer to 1939 nickels certified prior to making this distinction.


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Last Updated: 11/4/2015

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1939 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 0.12 0.14 0.18 0.24 0.30 1.80 1.90 2.00 2.10 2.25 2.50 2.80 5.50 17.00 29.00 55.00 230 2250 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 85.00 1050 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 591
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 66
High Grade: 68

The chart showing 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: 4/23/2018 1939 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----1----16-13515271463851--591
-----------------16---7
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Total----1----16-13515271473911--598
 ----0 %----0 %1 %-0 %1 %1 %3 %5 %25 %65 %0 %-- 

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5/10/2000 PCGS MS 67   Teletrade Auction 1306, 1306/Lot# 1121 $76.30
10/9/2000 NGC MS 67   Teletrade Auction 1365, 1365/Lot# 1123 $26.75
5/25/2002 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #22062, 22062/Lot# 13123 $93.15
8/2/2012 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(5), 1173/Lot# 7625 $211.50
5/4/2014 NGC MS 67   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 802, 811/Lot# 327 $100.00
7/6/2014 NGC MS 67   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 145069 $3.00
10/10/2014 PCGS MS 67   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3503, 6057/Lot# 20096 $164.50


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