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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/10/2019

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1939 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 0.10 0.15 0.20 0.25 0.75 1.10 1.90 2.00 2.10 2.65 3.00 4.00 9.45 25.00 30.00 50.00 225 1500 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 85.00 455 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 589
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: 10/22/2019 1939 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----1----16-13515261463841--589
-----------------16---7
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Total----1----16-13515261473901--596
 ----0 %----0 %1 %-0 %1 %1 %3 %4 %25 %65 %0 %-- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Service
Grade
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5/21/2003 NGC MS 67   Teletrade Auction 1727, 1727/Lot# 1206 $41.00
4/11/2007 PCGS MS 66   Teletrade Auction 2352, 2352/Lot# 2305 $134.40
7/23/2007 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 161, 166/Lot# 487 $346.16
1/22/2008 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #28015, 28015/Lot# 25158 $27.00
10/23/2011 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131144/Lot# 21175 $56.00
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 67   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 30320 $99.88
8/25/2013 NGC MS 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/25/2013, 89/Lot# 121414 $35.00
7/6/2014 NGC MS 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 199/Lot# 145071 $12.50


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